When parents drop off their children at school, they expect their children to be safe from harm – not to get sexually abused by a teacher or school personnel. Although school sexual abuse may not be common, it unfortunately does happen. Getting sexually abused or harassed by school teachers and administrators will no doubt significantly impact a child well into adulthood.
It is against the law to have any type of sexual encounter with a minor, but unfortunately, sexual abuse happens in different situations, including schools. Boarding schools, after school programs, or other school settings are unfortunately a hot bed for a sex offender to find innocent victims. If you or a loved one have been the victim of school sexual abuse, you need to immediately seek legal help to protect your legal rights and get the justice that you deserve.
The Impact of the Childs Victims Act on School Sexual Abuse
A major legislative change in New York, called the Child Victims Act, was enacted on February 14, 2019 in the pursuit of bringing child sex abusers to justice. The newly passed bill allows victims of child sex abuse, including those abused by school teachers and administrators, the option to file a civil lawsuit against the offender and the institution that harbored them up until their 55th birthday. Previously school child sexual abuse survivors only had until their 23rd birthday to seek civil action.
In addition, the New York Child Victims Act allows the revival of currently barred cases for one year. This means if you previously had a barred claim, you may be able to file one within one year from the passage of the law no matter how old you are now or how old you were when the sexual abuse happened.
If you are a victim of school sexual abuse, you will no doubt have many questions about what the New York Child Victims Act specifically means for you. You should take immediate actions to learn more about how this new law works and how it specifically applies to your unfortunate situation. Since you only have a limited amount of time to take advantage of the benefits afforded to you under this new law, it is important that you act quickly to learn about your legal rights.
Sexual Abuse in Schools
A child who receives unwarranted touching, verbal or visual or attempts at sexual stimulation from a school teacher or administrator is a victim of child sexual abuse. Trusted school personnel members and other individuals at the school campus are equally guilty if they engage in inappropriate conduct with students. It is important for parents to be vigilant of any changes in behavior in their children because it may be a sign of a sexually abused child.
Although school campuses are supposed to be safe for students, they are unfortunately an ideal setting for a sex offender to abuse children. The schools have a responsibility to the children to provide a safe learning environment and they have a duty to report any suspected incidents to the appropriate authorities. Schools may fear the ramifications from sexual abuse incidents and fail to report or hide knowledge of the incidents.
If you suspect that your child was the victim of school sexual abuse, it is important to immediately take action to protect your loved one’s legal rights.
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If you or a loved one is the victim of childhood school sexual abuse, you need to know how the Child Victims Act can help you get the justice you deserve. For more information or to better understand how this law can help you, please call our professional help center at 212-385-4410.