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Unfortunately, sexual abuse and molestation is schools is rampant. Teachers, among other school officials, take advantage of their position working close to children to harm them. In Kern County, specifically, the problem is prevalent. Was your child a victim of sexual abuse or molestation at a school anywhere in Kern County? If so, you might have grounds to take legal action.

Kern County consists of Bakersfield, Delano, Oildale, Ridgecrest, Wasco, Arvin, Rosemond, Shatfer, Rosedale, McFarland, and California City among other cities. These cities are home to multiple elementary, middle, and high schools with almost 200,000 students total. There are multiple school districts in Kern County, including the following:

  • Bakersfield City School District
  • Beardsley School District
  • Edison School District
  • Fairfax School District
  • Fruitvale School District
  • Greenfield Union School District
  • Lakeside Union School District
  • Norris School District
  • Panama Buena Vista Union School District
  • Rosedale Union School District
  • Standard School District

Within these school districts, there are multiple high schools, which include the following: Stockdale High School, South High School, Ridgeview High School, North High School, Mira Monte High School, Liberty High School, Independence High School, Highland High School, Golden Valley High School, Frontier High School, Foothill High School, East Bakersfield High School, Centennial High School, and Bakersfield High School.

Did your child suffer sexual abuse at any of the elementary, middle, or high schools in any school district in Kern County? If so, you might have grounds to take action. If you would like to learn more about your right to file a school sexual abuse claim, do not hesitate to contact our Kern County school molestation lawyers immediately.

You can trust the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group to provide you with the guidance that you need to pursue a claim against the school for the abuse that your child suffered. At our firm, our experts have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. If you would like to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm, contact us immediately.

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The Harm Resulting from Sexual Abuse at School

Schools are supposed to be safe spaces for students of all ages. Unfortunately, teachers and other school faculty take advantage of their positions and access to children and end up subjecting students to horrible abuse. Without a doubt, sexual abuse is devastating. Victims could suffer significant harm, including but not limited to the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Internal injuries, some of which could result in permanent damage
  • Other physical injuries, like fractures, lacerations, bruising, etc.
  • Mental and emotional harm, like post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, fear, etc.

Far too many boys and girls suffer sexual abuse at the hands of those that are supposed to keep them safe. Survivors of sexual abuse often struggle for years – sometimes decades – after their traumatic experience. Unfortunately, the trauma is so severe for some that they resort to drugs and even suicide as an escape.

Can You Sue?

Do you have the right to sue for the sexual abuse that your child suffered at school? Could you sue if you were sexually molested or attacked by a teacher at a school? The answer is simple – yes, you could sue. You could sue based on the following:

Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 – victims of sexual abuse at schools can file lawsuits against the public schools who ignore or show indifference to sexual abuse (including molestation, harassment, rape, etc.) by other students, teachers, and other school faculty. This only applies if the public school received federal funding. It is important to note that these claims can be pursued through the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Negligence – all schools have a duty of care towards their students. They must ensure that their students are safe while on their premises. This includes ensuring that all school employees do not pose threats to students (i.e., employees pass background checks, employee interactions with students are supervised, etc.). If any incident occurs, then schools must act quickly to ensure that students are not harmed any further (i.e., incidents must be investigated, attackers are removed from the school, etc.). When schools breach their duty of care towards their students, sexual misconduct against students can occur and even continue occurring for months or years. It is important to note that these claims can be pursued civilly.

If you are interested in learning more about your right to sue for sexual abuse at a Kern County, California school, do not hestiate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.

Can You Recover Compensation?

Based on the details surrounding the incident, you could be entitled to recover compensation upon reaching a successful claim outcome. How much compensation could you receive? What could you be awarded? Based on the details surrounding your sexual abuse claim against a Kern County school, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages
  • Legal expenses

Without a doubt, monetary compensation will never reverse the scars left by sexual abuse at a school. However, recovering monetary compensation can ensure that victims have access to the tools necessary to move forward from their traumatic experience. If you are interested in learning more about your right to pursue a sexual abuse claim against a school in Kern County, California, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.

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The Statute of Limitations

All claims, including sexual abuse and molestation claims against schools, are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants do not file their claims on time, they could lose their right to sue altogether.

What deadline applies to your claim? Claims filed through the OCR (under Title IX) are subject to a 180 day deadline (that is, 180 days from the incident). If the claim is being pursued civilly, however, other deadlines apply. For instance, victimized children have up to their 40th birthday or 5 years from the discovery of the sexual abuse to take civil action.

Without a doubt, determining the deadlines that apply to sexual abuse claims could be difficult. Therefore, it is essential that claimants act quickly and seek legal assistance as soon as possible to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that they have to file their claims.

Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group Today

Are you in need of a sexual abuse attorney? If so, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Our sexual assault attorneys are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the guidance that you need to take action against the school where the sexual abuse happened. If you are interested in discussing your claim with our California sexual molestation lawyers, do not hesitate to contact us immediately.

At our firm, we offer free legal services. These legal services consist of free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our lawyers will provide you with all the information that you need to pursue your claim. Our sexual abuse lawyers will answer all your questions and address all your concerns. If you are interested in benefiting from our free legal services, do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.

We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal fees to speak with our attorneys or benefit from our legal services. Our firm is also based on contingency; therefore, our clients will not be required to pay anything until after reaching a positive claim outcome. In other words, if you do not win, you will not pay.

Are you ready to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm? If so, contact us at your earliest convenience.


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