Board Suspends License From Speech Pathologist Accused of Sexual Abuse
A speech pathologist in Sioux City has had his Iowa license suspended in the midst of allegations that he sexually abused an 11-year-old girl. 35-year-old Jacob Rose had pleaded not guilty to charges of Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse and Lascivious Conduct with a Minor.
According to the criminal complaint, Rose exposed himself to the girl and tried to force himself on her during an appointment at LifeScape Ablekids on May 31 of this year. Rose is no longer employed at LifeScape.
On Wednesday, the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology & Audiology held an Emergency Adjudicative Order. They ruled that there was enough evidence to suspend Rose’s license indefinitely.
No trial date has been set in this case. However, a disciplinary contested hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on October 19 in Des Moines.
Legal Recourse For Families of Child Sexual Abuse Victims
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a victims rights attorney who specializes in representing the victims of sexual violence. We’ve asked him to add some thoughts on the legal options available to families affected by sexual abuse:
Unfortunately, it’s common for sexual predators to seek positions of trust, which they then exploit in order to sexually abuse their victims. We see this play out in news stories involving sexual abuse by priests and religious authority figures, doctors, teachers, camp counselors, and other positions that involve working closely with kids. When a trusted professional sexually abuses a victim, it’s important to both hold the perpetrator criminally responsible and to determine if negligence played a role in failing to prevent the abuse.
While we may not be able to erase the past, taking legal action can be a valuable part of the healing process for some families. Far too often, organizations and businesses fail to do all that they can to keep their participants and customers safe. In some cases, these third parties fail to report complaints of sexual misconduct and may even allow employees accused of sexual misconduct to continue seeing customers. It’s important to hold these third parties accountable so that others are not forced to suffer through the same traumatic experiences.
If your family is looking for answers and support after your child was sexually abused, the civil court system can help. To learn more about your legal options, we recommend discussing your case with an experienced sexual abuse victims lawyer.