SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NORTH BAY
SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NORTH BAY
Childhood sexual abuse and molestation in schools is of grave concern to parents, students, educators, and elected officials who recently passed into law AB 218.
While it is difficult to determine how frequently sexual abuse occurs in schools, experts agree that students are at risk of being sexually abused or molested by a teacher, janitor, coach, or a contract employee at all grade levels. It is particularly troubling when it involves children between K-8 who are often most traumatized later in life.
If your child has been sexually abused at school, contact the experienced school system sex abuse lawyers at Fiumara & Milligan Law for a 100% FREE and CONFIDENTIAL initial consultation. This law firm has a successful track record of suing school districts.
Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft reports that the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is 100 times more common than abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.
This statistic is both shocking and tragic. Far too often, students are sexually abused or molested by educators or those who purport to be guiding the next generation of pupils.
Adults are not the only perpetrators of sexual abuse in schools. Many students are abused by fellow students: one in seven incidents of sexual assault perpetrated by juveniles occur during or after-school hours (between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) on school days. Although it may be associated with the bullying process, it still must be dealt with by experienced counsel.
SCHOOL SEXUAL ABUSE IS GROWING AT AN ALARMING RATE IN CALIFORNIA
Unfortunately, childhood sexual abuse is all too common in public as well as private schools and occurs at all grade levels. A study on sexual abuse perpetrated by educators found that 38 percent of abusers targeted elementary school students and that 56 percent of abusers targeted middle or high schoolers.
Most teacher sexual abuse and molestation of students by adults in schools occurs inside the school in empty classrooms, hallways, closets, and offices. Surprisingly, child sexual abuse sometimes happens when other students are around.
Sexual abusers in the school system use several strategies to silence their victims. An abuser might lie to his or her victims, isolate them, make them feel complicit, or force them to have sexual contact. Administrators on the other hand may feel compelled to ignore the problem all together fearing for their own positions and risk losing the donors and sponsors who make their institutions of higher education possible. This appears to be what happened at the prestigious Sonoma Academy in the North Bay where we practice law: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/sonoma-academy-graduates-detail-sweeping-allegations-of-improper-behavior-b/
Tragically, perpetrators often target students who are especially vulnerable or have been marginalized, bullied, or neglected.
These students might feel especially gratified by extra attention from teachers, coaches or teacher assistants and may be discredited or disbelieved by administrators if they report teacher sex abuse. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/what-will-new-investigation-of-sonoma-academy-teacher-misconduct-entail-pa/
SCHOOL MOLESTATION NOT LIMITED TO TEACHERS
Sadly, a school setting can create numerous situations for predators to find and target kids.
While most people think of teachers when they think of sexual abuse in schools, but other people entrusted to watch over your children could be culprits.
If you suspect your child has been molested by a counselor, tutor, principal, or other students at school, there is help available to hold the responsible party or parties accountable!
Our three school sexual abuse attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience, handling complicated institutional abuse cases since 1992.
We understand how difficult and sensitive these matters are so you can expect to receive EXPERIENCED, DEDICATED and COMPASSIONATE legal representation for you or any of your loved ones who have been sexually abused at or on school grounds.
The legal process can be healing for a victim of childhood molestation in school and help make the educational institution safer for all children in the future.
IDENTIFYING SEXUAL ABUSE AT SCHOOL
It can be hard to recognize warning signs of child sex abuse, even in your own children. Most experts agree that there is no conclusive profile of perpetrators of sexual abuse or molestation. There are very few behavioral symptoms in children that signify that sexual abuse or molestation has occurred.
If you are concerned that your child may have been sexually abused or molested by a teacher or on school grounds, be mindful of the following behaviors. They may indicate that sexual abuse or molestation has in fact occurred.
-Sleep problems or frequent nightmares;
-Changes in eating habits including a loss of appetite;
-Pronounced mood swings;
-Periods of rage, fear, insecurity, or withdrawal;
-Having explicit discussions with other children or adults about sexual issues,
-A repeated refusal to talk about a secret shared with an adult; or
-The exhibition of adult-like sexual behaviors, knowledge, and language.
SUPPORT FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND MOLESTATION
If you were a victim of sexual assault or molestation in an educational institution or setting, please follow this link to our RESOURCES PAGE
ATTORNEYS FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOL
If you or your child suffered at the hands of a sexual predator in an educational institution, or setting, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FACE THIS ALONE!
Please call the dedicated school system sexual abuse lawyers at Fiumara & Milligan Law to discuss your rights and to determine if you have a case. Our goal is to achieve JUSTICE for you and monetary compensation. YOU don’t pay anything until we win for you.
For a 100% FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation about your case, call 707-571-8600 today.
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