Are Schools Liable When Employees Sexually Abuse Students?
Attorney contributor and school sexual abuse attorney Brian Kent, is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents the survivors of sexual assault in civil courts. We’ve asked him for some input into survivors rights and school liability in cases where school employees sexually abuse students:
Teachers are highly respected and vital members of our community, as they help our children learn, grow, and develop brighter futures. But unfortunately, a small handful of teachers and other school employees are sexual predators who use their positions of trust as a means to sexually abuse students. This violation of trust not only traumatizes the student and their family, but the community as a whole.
In many cases of teacher and school employee sexual abuse, the school was negligent in a way that failed to prevent the abuse. Examples of such negligence might include failing to contact law enforcement after complaints of sexual misconduct, hiring an employee without first conducting a background check, and many others. When negligence was a factor in the sexual abuse, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a school employee, you can learn more about your legal options for justice by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.
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