An investigative report by the Associated Press has found that child sexual abuse in public schools is widespread but often goes unreported and unpunished. In some cases, school officials allow pedophiles to continue teaching despite sexual misconduct toward children.
What You Can Do & How a Public School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC 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
There have been several high-profile child sexual abuse scandals in the last decade: Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, hundreds of victims of Catholic priests, the Boy Scouts, and more. These organizations were accused of systemically hiding or ignoring evidence of sexual abuse, failing to protect countless innocent children from predatory adults.
What about sexual abuse in our public schools? An investigation by the Associated Press found that sexual misconduct plagues American schools, but it is often dealt with ineffectively. The investigation found a widespread resistance toward recognizing and fighting sexual abuse.
Investigators found that from 2001 through 2005, 2,500 educators had their teaching licenses revoked for sexual misconduct with a child
School officials frequently 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 1 in 10 victims of sexual abuse report it to someone who can do something. Even when sexual abuse is reported, school officials and other adults may not take the accusations seriously. Many reports never result in action against the abuser. School officials may resist contacting the police regarding accusations against teachers, because they want to protect coworkers 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 finally been forced to take action after being hit with lawsuits from the victims of abuse.
For example, parents of three girls molested in Peoria recently filed a $3 million public school sexual abuse lawsuit against an employee of the girls’ elementary school. Although multiple parents and teachers complained of 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.
Do I Have a Public School Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC 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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