A report by the Associated Press has found that child sexual abuse in public schools is widespread, but often goes unreported, unpunished, and school officials often allow pedophiles to continue teaching despite sexual misconduct toward children. If you or someone you know has been the victim of child sexual abuse in a public school, you may be entitled to significant compensation by filing a Public School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against the teacher and the school district.
What You Can Do & How a Public School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting public school sexual abuse lawsuits in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been the victim of sexual abuse in a public school, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free lawsuit consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Child Sexual Abuse Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours
Sexual Misconduct in Public Schools
The United States has faced several high-profile child sexual abuse in the last decade: Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, hundreds of victims of Catholic priests, the Boy Scouts, and more. These organizations systemically hid or ignored evidence of sexual abuse, failing to protect countless innocent children from sexual misconduct by adults.
What about sexual abuse in our public schools? An investigation by the Associated Press found that sexual misconduct plagues U.S. schools, and it is often dealt with ineffectively. The investigation found a widespread resistance toward recognizing and fighting sexual abuse.
The Associated Press found that sexual misconduct in public schools is widespread:
- From 2001 through 2005, 2,500 educators had their teaching licenses revoked for sexual misconduct with a child
School officials often fail to recognize “red flags,” such as adults giving extra attention to particular students. Pedophiles often “groom” their victims from a very early age. They give the child gifts, special attention, and gradually escalate the relationship to a sexual level. Pedophiles are also frequently drawn toward authority positions in which they have access to children, but other adults are less likely to question their misconduct.
Often, sexual abuse in schools is never reported by the victims. Several academic reports have estimated that only one in 10 victims of sexual abuse report sexual abuse to someone who can do something about it. Even when sexual abuse is reported, school officials and other adults may not take the accusations seriously, and many problems never result in action against the abuser. School officials may resist reporting accusations against teachers to the police, because they want to protect teachers from false accusations.
Ultimately, school officials are responsible for ensuring the safety of children at school. When they ignore accusations of sexual abuse, or fail to protect children for sexual misconduct, they are failing to protect children. Several school districts have faced lawsuits brought by the victims of abuse. Parents of three girls molested in Peoria recently filed a $3 million public school sexual abuse lawsuit against Mark Johnstone, an employee of the girls’ elementary school. Although multiple parents and teachers complained of Mr. Johnstone’s inappropriate behavior, school officials did nothing but warn him to “keep his distance.” Finally, after he molested a 7 year-old girl, parents brought the lawsuit against the school district.
How do I contact a Lawyer for a Public School Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting sexual abuse cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct in a public school, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Public School Sexual Abuse Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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