What Should I Do If I Was Sexually Abused at School?
North Bay School Childhood Sexual Abuse Attorney
If a teacher, guidance counselor, drama professor, principal, teacher, substitute teacher, coach, school volunteer, school bus driver, school nurse or medical provider who was employed by the school you attended while you were a minor sexually abused you while in school or while attending school related activities, you can STILL bring a claim, even if the abuse occurred many years ago.
A new California law, the Child Victims Act, or AB 218 gives you until December 31, 2022, to bring the action. The new law extended the statute of limitations for 3 three years which means that you have limited time to file so contact us to learn how we can help you.
The North Bay sexual abuse attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law are committed to protecting your children’s rights when they have been harmed by the people you trusted to help them learn and grow into responsible adults in a private or public-school setting.
If your child has been the victim of sexual abuse at school in the Bay area, we can investigate the facts and pursue the justice you and your child deserve through monetary compensation, full accountability and healing.
Alarming Abuse Rates Amongst School Children
When considering the fear and shame that dissuade children from reporting sexual abuse to their parents or the authorities, it is disturbing to know that there are 80,000 such cases reported in the U.S. every year.
Unfortunately, countless more cases go unreported because the victims feel too ashamed or afraid. A report released in 2019 revealed that nearly 10 percent of elementary and secondary school students are subjected to some form of sexual abuse at some point during their education. This means that 4.5 million students in the country are at risk.
The Following are some examples of conduct that may be considered sexual abuse in the school setting:
It is essential to understand that sexual abuse does not always require a physical act.
· Inappropriate sexual comments made by a teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator. These can range from subtle come-ons to blatant harassment.
· Exposing students to pornographic images or attempting to photograph students in the nude.
· Spying on students while they are changing or showering in a locker room before or after gym class or following sports practice.
· Exposing a child to sexual activity.
· Adult exposing oneself to a child or masturbating in front of a child.
· Forcing a child to masturbate.
· Taking sexual videos or photographs of a child.
· Harassing a child.
· texting, emailing, or using any of the social media apps to send inappropriate sexual messages and imagery.
Here are some of the sexual abuse examples that involve physical contact:
· Making sexual contact with students or performing sexual acts, regardless of whether the student has consented to such acts.
· Sexual assault such as groping, grabbing, or forced intercourse.
· Using threats to coerce students into performing sexual acts.
· Rape, Sodomy, penetration with finger or other objects-digital penetration.
· fondling, kissing, and caressing.
Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children Abused in School
Just as not all victims of sexual abuse come forward, in some instances a student may be willingly taking part in inappropriate sexual activity. This does not make it any more appropriate or legal on the part of the adult predator.
As parents, we worry about our children’s safety and fear we may be unable to protect them when they need it most so you must be vigilant in looking for signs if your child is unwilling to verbalize the abuse:
Here are some of the signs to look for in your child to identify potential sexual abuse:
· Suspicious or inappropriate text messages.
· Frequent phone calls to your child from a teacher or other school staff member outside of school hours.
· Sudden behavioral changes in your child and withdrawal from social activities.
· Depression, sudden outbursts of anger and anxiety attacks.
· Unexplained physical marks on your child’s body.
· Direct accusations of abuse.
Legal Claims and Court Awards for School Sexual Abuse in California
Minor Female Pupil Awarded $800,000 After School Sexual Abuse Incident
The victim in this case was a 16-year-old student at a Sonoma County high school. One day, she was in a car with one of her teachers when he started to kiss and fondle her breasts. The authorities found out and a civil case was filed for emotional trauma and other damages.
The defendants in this case were the teacher involved and the Sonoma County Board of Education. The minor pupil’s claims included PTSD, medical bills (almost $100,000), and other damages. The defendants were unable to explain why the two were alone in the teacher’s car in the first place, which made the School’s case an uphill battle from the start.
The defendants chose to settle rather than fight the matter in Court. The teacher paid $20,000 and the Board of Education paid $780,000 to the victim.
Mother Brings Lawsuit After Her Two Girls Were Abused in at a California Preschool
This case only came to light after the perpetrator harassed one of the victims through a text message. The victims were two sisters who attended a preschool together.
The preschool owner’s husband sexually abused them from 2016 until 2018. The male perpetrator was eventually arrested and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. The family sued the school, and in a private settlement obtained nearly $700,000 for the harm done to their children.
These are just a few of the many cases that are now being settled, many for 7 figures around the State of California since the the passage of AB 218. So, do not hesitate to contact us. You only have a short window of opportunity to act and have us file a claim on your child’s behalf.
Let Our Team of North Bay School Sexual Abuse Attorneys Fight for Your Child’s Rights
Fiumara & Milligan Law is committed to the aggressive pursuit of justice when a child has been sexually assaulted, molested or harassed by a member of his or her school’s employees, staff and volunteers.
Here at Fiumara & Milligan Law, we compassionately advocate for school sex abuse victims and FIGHT for their rights. WE have also successfully handled many types of sexual abuse cases including priest/ church sex abuse cases.
It is essential to send a loud and clear message that childhood sexual abuse perpetrated against school children will not be tolerated, which is why our attorneys work tirelessly to hold educational institutions and their employees fully accountable.
By seeking the maximum compensation allowed by law, we can help ensure that schools will take more appropriate preventative measures in the future. Our attorneys work entirely on contingency, so you can rest easy that you will never owe us any fees unless we win compensation on your behalf.
Contact our North Bay school sex abuse attorneys today at 707-571-8600 and allow us to get justice for you and your child.