Legal Options for Victims Sexually Assaulted by a School Employee
Attorney Commentator Bobby Thompson, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, licensed in California, represents sexual assault victims. We asked Bobby to highlight the legal rights of victims sexually abused at school or by a school employee.
“Schools and administration have a legal obligation to protect their students. Unfortunately, often predators place themselves in positions of power, such as working as a teacher or coach to get close to students. The school must do its best to prevent these predators from working in their schools to protect their students. An example of safety precaution is security cameras in hallways, classrooms, and auditoriums. Other examples include an easy reporting system and background checks.”
Can a school be held liable for sexual assaults by employees?
Victims of sexual abuse should know a school may be considered liable if there was apparent negligence. For example, if schools do not have proper safety measures in place or overlook previous misconduct reports. If the victim believes their school was negligent, they should contact an experienced lawyer to discuss their legal rights. Suppose their lawyer can prove the sexual abuse solely occurred due to the school’s negligence. In that case, the victim and their family may receive compensation for damages through a civil lawsuit.”
Mother Lode Christian School in Tuolumne, CA