Sexual Assault or Abuse By a Teacher or at a School
When you send your child to school, you trust that they are in a safe environment, yet hundreds of students come forward each year revealing that they have been abused or assaulted by a teacher. Reporting sexual abuse can be extremely difficult for anyone, as it brings about feelings of shame and may lead to depression. If your child comes to you with an issue like this, it’s important to offer them your support and understanding. Then, you should take legal action.
Assault can happen anywhere, whether at a school, in a daycare, or at a summer camp. If your child comes to you about a serious issue regarding an inappropriate relationship with a teacher, it’s important to get their full story and speak to a lawyer about your options. In these situations, you will have options to file for a civil lawsuit, which is separate from the criminal case.
Filing a Civil Suit Against a School or a Fraternity
In addition to the abuser, any business or entity that caused or contributed to the crime may be considered at fault, which includes negligence. This may include:
- School Districts
- Daycare Centers
- Camp Programs
- Tutoring Companies
Types of Abuse
Every case is unique, so it’s important to determine the best course of action for your particular situation. Common cases of abuse include:
- Abuse by a Teacher: While efforts are being made to streamline background check requirements for school employees, there were still over 400 school employees in the US arrested for sexual misconduct last year.
- Abuse at a Daycare: Young children may not be able to communicate their abuse. In these situations, you should pay attention to unusual behaviors, bruises, etc.
- Student-to-Student Abuse (Bullying & Hazing): Bullying is a common problem throughout schools, and can cause devastating effects if not addressed. Hazing is an issue that is most prominent on college campuses and in fraternities. In any case that involves abuse or assault between students, the victim has criminal and civil legal rights against the abuser, and in many cases the school can also be held liable.
Take Action & File a Civil Suit Against the Abuser
If your child has been a victim of abuse by a teacher, counselor, or other person of authority, you need to be their advocate to help them through the difficult time. That’s where we can help. The team at LUONGO BELLWOAR LLP works to seek civil justice for victims of crime and will give you the resources, time and dedication to see that you get the justice you deserve.