Attorney for Sexual Aubse by Teachers Coaches and StaffDowntown LA Law Group is dedicated to protecting the rights of child victims of sexual abuse by educators, school staff, and other students  in public and private schools across the State of California.  If you suspect your son or daughter has been sexually molested in school contact our school sex  abuse victims rights attorney from the Downtown LA Law Group.  (855) 385-2529

Below are some information regarding Victims rights, school liability, civil actions criminal prosecution regarding public and private school sexual abuse.

Civil lawsuits and compensation against schools for victims of sexual abuse in California:

School Districts in California maybe held liable when administrators and school staff fail to notify parents or disclose physical or sexual assault of a child to parents or guardians.  Usually School administrators have a duty to inform parents after learning of a molestation, sexual assault or physical abuse of a child.

Furthermore, school districts may be held liable for emotional distress of the mother if such injuries resulted from a failure to disclose pertinent information regarding the incident. The Standard of Care imposed on Los Angeles Unified School District employees including teachers, coaches, and general staff the degree of care a reasonable person with the level of duties and responsibilities would exercise. Usually, the extent of the duties owned by teachers and other staff to their students is based upon the age of the student.  In special circumstances such as special students with special needs, cognitive difficulties or physical disabilities should be provided with a heightened level of care by school staff.  If a failure of duty of care results in sexual abuse, rape and molestation of a student then the School District may be held liable.

Failure to Report Acts if Sexual Abuse: Criminal Prosecution of Sex Abuse

Unfortunate for abused victims the vast majority o sex abuse acts in private and public schools go unreported. Even when alleged sexual abuse is reported to proper authorities, the majority of complaints are ignored or disbelieved. Failure to report acts of misconduct can lead to criminal charges and prosecution.

California Mandated Sex abuse Reporting Law:

Under California Law “Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect shall be made by mandated reporters, or in the case of reports pursuant to Section may be made, to any police department or sheriff’s department.”  Mandated reporters included:

  • A teacher
  • An instructional aide.
  • A teacher’s aide or teacher’s assistant employed by any public or private school.
  • A classified employee of any public school.
  • An administrative officer
  • A supervisor of child welfare and attendance, or a certificated pupil personnel employee of any public
  • or private school.
  • An administrator of a public or private day camp.
  • An administrator or employee of a public or private youth center, youth recreation program, or youth organization.
  • An administrator or employee of a public or private organization whose duties require direct contact and supervision of children.
  • Any employee of a county office of education or the State Department of Education, whose duties bring the employee into contact with children on a regular basis.
  • A licensee, an administrator, or an employee of a licensed community care or child day care facility.
  • A Head Start program teacher.

What must be reported under California Penal Code Reporting Laws: Under California’s sex abuse reporting laws physical abuse that must be reported is defines as, “a physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person.”  Including:

  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • neglect or abuse in out-of-home care
  • Sexual assault
  •  sex acts with children,
  • intentional masturbation in the presence of children
  • molestation
  • sexual exploitation
  • selling or distributing pornographic material
  • child prostitution

California Sex Abuse and School Liability Attorneys:

Our Law firm is available 7 days per week and is standing to hear your sexual abuse and molestation claim.  We provide legal representation to student molested and sexually abused by teachers and staff from all school districts across California.

What are my Litigation Costs:  At Downtown LA Law, we think that you have suffered enough as a result of a sexual abuse claim.  It is under this belief, as well as the supreme confidence in our abilities, that we stand behind our bedrock principle: “NO RECOVERY…NO CONTINGENCY FEE.”  Therefore, you don’t pay us a penny unless we are able to win your case.

Resources:

Student Injuries In School – Frequently Asked Questions

California Department of Education

School Injury Liability Main Page

List of Largest School Districts in California

  •       Los Angeles Unified School District:  700,00 + students enrolled

  •       San Diego School District:  140,000 students enrolled

  •       Long Beach Unified School District: 100,000 students enrolled

  •       Fresno Unified School District: 80,000 students enrolled

  •       Santa Ana Unified School District: 60,000 students enrolled

  •       San Francisco Unified School District: 60,000 students enrolled

  •       Oakland Unified School District: 55,000 students enrolled

  •       Sacramento Unified School District: 54,000 students enrolled

  •       San Bernardino Unified School District: 52,000 students enrolled

  •       San Juan Unified School District: 50,000 students enrolled