Update: The Downtown L.A. Law Firm is actively heading the investigation team into civil lawsuit claims on behalf of multiple victims of Samantha Arizabal who were students at Ivy Bound Academy Charter School in Sherman Oaks California. If you suspect your child has been a victim of inappropriate conduct while attending the school, please contact our investigative department at the DTLA Law Group. Your child may be entitled to millions of dollars in compensation.
Samantha Arizabal, a teacher at Ivy Bound Academy School since 2020, was arrested on March 15, 2022 after the police department received a report of “alleged ongoing inappropriate sexual contact” during her employment at the school, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department. She has been charged with multiple felony charges. Detectives are looking for additional victims.
If your child was a victim of Arizabal, it is essential that you contact the authorities immediately. You should also seek legal representation as soon as possible. Victims could have grounds to file a class action lawsuit against the school and the school district. In fact, your child could even be eligible to recover monetary compensation. If you are interested in exploring the legal options available to you, it is important that you have the guidance of a law firm representing sexual abuse victims from Ivy Bound Academy, specifically the victims of Samantha Arizabal.
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are ready to help. Our sexual assault lawyers are ready to evaluate claim and help you understand the legal options available to you. You can trust that our lawyers are experienced and ready to help you win. If you are ready to discuss your claim with our lawyers, contact us at your earliest convenience.
Sexual Assault – What is it?
Unfortunately, teacher sexual assault is a very common problem in our schools. Sexual assault can consist on any inappropriate sexual contact, which can include the following:
- Attempted rape
- Rape (penetration of the victim’s body or forcing the victim to penetrate the perpetrator’s body)
- Forcing the victim to perform any sexual act
- Fondling, unwanted touching, kissing, etc.
It is a known fact that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone who is known to the victim. Teachers, specifically, have easy access to vulnerable students. Teachers are supposed to represent adults that they can trust. Yet, some teachers abuse their position to gain the trust of their victims, flirting with them, luring them into private spaces, and ultimately assaulting them.
Sexual assault can have lasting physical, mental, and emotional effects on the victim. Some examples of physical injuries include sexually transmitted infections, injuries to genitals, internal injuries to reproductive organs, fractures, lacerations, scrapes, bruises, etc. Some examples of the mental and emotional effects that sexual assault can have on victims include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, fear, panic, etc. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual assault suffer with these mental and emotional effects for years and require extensive treatment to overcome. Survivors of sexual assault are also at a higher risk of committing suicide because of the trauma associated with the experience.
School Responsibility in Sexual Assault Cases
Is Ivy Bound Academy liable for the sexual assault? In cases of sexual assault, it is obvious that the teacher who committed the sexual assault could be held accountable. However, many people do not know that the school could be liable. All parents expect that their children are safe while they are in school. In fact, all schools have a duty to keep these kids safe while on their premises.
In terms of sexual assault specifically, schools have a duty to do the following:
- Properly screen teachers hired (background checks to identify any past sexual misconduct)
- Properly train teachers and all staff regarding acceptable behavior with students, how to identify misconduct, and how to report any suspected misconduct
- Properly supervise teachers/staff and their interactions with the students
- Properly respond to reports of sexual misconduct to prevent further incidents from happening (i.e., reporting the teacher, firing the teacher, etc.)
Because the investigation into the situation at Ivy Bound Academy is still ongoing, there is not much information regarding whether Samantha Arizabal had a history of sexual misconduct or whether the school was aware of any previous incidents with students. Typically, schools can avoid liability only when they were completely unaware of the risk presented by the teacher, although this normally doesn’t apply.
So, is Ivy Bound Academy liable for the sexual assault that your child suffered because of one of their teachers? Depending on the specific details of the case, Ivy Bound Academy could be liable. For more information about establishing school liability for sexual assault and your right to file a lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm today.
Class Action Lawsuit
My son was a student at Ivy Bound Academy in Sherman Oaks and was sexually assaulted. My daughter is a current student at the school and was sexually assaulted. Whether your son or daughter was a student or is a current student, you could still have grounds to take legal action if sexual assault occurred. In fact, you could participate in a class action lawsuit for Ivy Bound Academy Sherman Oaks teacher sexual assault.
Class action lawsuits are pursued when there are multiple victims that were harmed in a similar manner. For instance, if Samantha Arizabal sexually assaulted multiple students, all of these students (and their parents, of course) could start a class action lawsuit against Samantha Arizabal, the school, and the district.
You might have questions regarding how to join a class action lawsuit. The first step that you should take is to reach out to law enforcement to make sure that your child’s assault is on record. Next, you will need to find a lawyer that can help you. Typically, participating in a class action lawsuit is as simple as opting in or opting out; however, you should definitely have the appropriate representation.
For more information about how you can participate in the class action lawsuit for the Ivy Bound Academy teacher sexual assault, do not hesitate to contact the experts at our law firm as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.
Compensation for Sexual Assault Cases
If you decide to file a sexual assault lawsuit for the harm that your child suffered at the hands of a teacher at school, then your child could be eligible to recover monetary compensation. Although every claim is different, some of the categories of compensation that could be available for recovery could include the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
How much could your child be awarded if the sexual assault lawsuit is successful? What type of compensation could you recover? The answer to these questions are specific to the details surrounding your lawsuit. Therefore, you should reserve these questions for your lawyer. The sexual assault lawyers here at our law firm are ready to help you understand the type and amount of compensation that you could be awarded. Of course, our experts are ready to fight for your right to get the highest recovery possible for your sexual assault claim. In general, school sexual assault lawsuits tend to be high value. With the help of one of our experts, your child can be properly compensated for the traumatic sexual assault suffered at school.
Here at Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are experienced in school sexual assault cases and are ready to help you understand the legal options available to you and start the legal process. Our attorneys are ready to help you sue and recover the compensation owed. Here at our law firm, we want to facilitate the process as much as possible; therefore, we offer free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our school sexual assault experts will be available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to begin or continue your lawsuit. If you are ready to benefit from these free legal services and speak with our experts, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee – you will never be required to pay anything upfront. In addition, we work on contingency. This means that you will never be required to pay anything until after winning your lawsuit. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying for legal fees.
If you are ready to speak with our experts, contact us today. We are ready to help you.