According to WTOP, local police are investigating an alleged sexual assault at the SEED Public Charter School, located at 4300 C St SE, Washington, DC 20019.
A police report claims that a student was sexually abused by a fellow classmate on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, between 2:25 p.m. and 2:55 p.m. Both students attend the public boarding school. No additional information has been given by the school or police department.
Attorney contributor and sexual assault attorney Laurence Banville has represented school sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits against negligent schools within the D.C. area. Laurence recently discussed some of the legal rights of students sexually abused by classmates on a school campus.
"Schools have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their students. School officials and the district have a legal duty to do everything they can to protect their students from all forms of dangers on campus. Too often, we hear reports of students being abused by teachers and coaches, but many are victims of assault from other students. There should be certain security measures in place at every school. These can include security cameras and frequent security sweeps across campus."
"It is important that an investigation takes place to document all circumstances surrounding a sexual assault on campus. Many cases of school sexual assaults happen due to the negligence of the school or school officials. If the school failed to provide proper security, it could be deemed negligent. Furthermore, if the perpetrator had a history of misconduct, but the school failed to respond properly, they could be held liable. School sexual abuse victims may have a case for a lawsuit against the school or district in the case of negligence. Victims of sexual assault at school and their parents are encouraged to seek advice from an experienced sexual assault attorney."