CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AT SCHOOL
School is supposed to be a safe haven where our children can learn and grow into productive young adults. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. Child sexual abuse and molestation occurs with alarming frequency throughout the country at both private and public schools.
School represents an ideal the environment for sexual predators to interact with young children. The perpetrators of sexual abuse at school can be teachers, other students, coaches, school nurses, counselors, bus drivers, janitors, volunteers, administrators, participants in after school programs, or other individuals who are in positions of power and trust.
Rarely is a student abused or molested at school without prior warning. Abusers often take the time to “groom” certain children to be victims of sexual abuse. By creating a close bond and feelings of loyalty with their victims, perpetrators of sexual abuse make it difficult for their victims to the understand that the abuse is wrong and should be reported.
Child sexual abuse has grave consequences. Children manifest the symptoms of sexual abuse in many different ways, including depression, anger, showing inappropriate sexual behaviors, drug and/or alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, self-harm like cutting, and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, the child may have serious long-term ramifications like trust issues and the inability to form healthy adult relationships.
And while there are laws that attempt to protect our children from sexual predators, you should still speak with your children about sexual abuse, appropriate and inappropriate relationships between an adult and child, how to handle uncomfortable situations, and what to do if they feel violated or assaulted.
If you suspect your child or a child you know is being sexually abused at school, report it immediately to the police, take the child to the hospital, and make sure he or she feels safe and not at fault. Charges can be filed against the abuser, preventing the predator from sexually assaulting another child.
Child sexual abuse at school is deeply troubling, and we are here to help. We have obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of victims of sexual abuse at the hands of teachers, administrators, and other school employees. We will fight for the compensation you deserve, and offer the support and care needed to begin the healing process.