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Sexual Abuse in California Schools

sex abuse in california schools

As parents, we have a fundamental obligation to protect our children from harm such as sexual abuse in California schools. In California, we put our children in the hands of the city’s education system when we send them to school. Teachers assume parental duties and are responsible for the safety and well-being of all students in the classroom, the lunchroom, the playground, and after-school programs. The school has a duty to guarantee that its workers are doing everything they can to safeguard our students from harm. But what if they don’t?

Sexual Abuse in California Schools: What Is Considered Abuse?

Sexual abuse in California schools refers to any unwanted sexual contact or behavior that takes place between a student and a teacher, another school employee, or volunteer. Any form of sexual contact or behavior, including verbal advances, touching, or assault, is considered abuse. Additionally, any attempt by a teacher or other school employee to engage in sexual contact or behavior with a student is also considered abuse.

It’s important to remember that any form of sexual abuse is never okay, and victims should always feel comfortable speaking out about their experiences. If you or someone you know has been abused in a California school, there are resources available to help.

Is It Possible to Sue a California School for Sexual Abuse?

Our children’s safety should be the top priority for the great majority of educators and school administrators. Nonetheless, sexual predators do work in and around schools and other places where kids are supposed to be under adult supervision. 

In California, if children are exposed to pornography or inappropriate “sexual” activity such as unwanted touching, leering, or comments of a sexual nature, the school may be held liable. The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law (PDF download) holds certain individuals responsible for caring for children and reporting potential issues of neglect or abuse. These parties will be liable for their failure to supervise the children and also for failing to screen and supervise teachers and other adults who are their employees.

A California School May Have a Sexual Offender as an Employee

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a disturbing study indicating that certain schools may employ persons with a history of sexual misconduct. It’s not uncommon for teachers and other school workers to secure new positions after being accused of inappropriate behavior against students in other districts. The investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals a variety of systemic flaws that let these offenders back into schools.

The GAO identified shockingly many instances when school staff who had histories of sexual misconduct remained in that school, resulting in traumatizing experiences for the children who were victimized.

How Bad Is The Sexual Abuse of Students in California Schools?

Sexual abuse is a problem that exists in schools all over the United States. While it is difficult to get accurate numbers, it is estimated that one in four girls and one in six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18. Unfortunately, California is no exception. 

What Should You Do if Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused at School?

So, what can you do if you believe that your child has been a victim of inappropriate behavior at school? The first step is to report it to the school district or the police. You can also contact the Santa Rosa child sexual abuse attorney at Beck Law, PC. Our firm specializes in sexual abuse cases and can help you navigate the legal system and ensure that your child’s rights are protected.

Was your child sexually assaulted at a California school, or were you sexually assaulted as a child? Child sexual abuse victims may receive record verdicts and settlements for their harm. Call the dedicated Sonoma County Sex Abuse Law FirmBeck Law, PC to schedule a free consultation today. 

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