School Teachers, Athletic Coaches And Even Other Students May Be Sexual Predators
As a society, we entrust teachers and other school employees with the instruction and protection of our children on a daily basis. In fact, many children spend more face-to-face time with their school teachers than with their own parents during the school year.
Every day across America, millions of children go to school and parents never give a second thought to the potential risks that face their children from the earliest ages. Private schools, boarding schools, after-school programs, or other school settings are unfortunately opportune locations for a person with deviant sexual interests to find innocent victims. Teachers, coaches, volunteers, counselors, and even other students may be sexual predators in disguise. Horowitz Law has handled numerous claims involving minors who were subject to sexual assault at school or at a school-related event.
How Schools Often Fail Victims
The law usually requires school employees and officials to exercise the same level of care in the supervision of children as a reasonable parent would, but it is an unfortunate reality that schools often fail at this responsibility and children fall prey to sexual predators. In some cases, a fellow student is a repeat sexual offender, but because the perpetrator is a juvenile, unsuspecting parents are never warned and only a handful of school administrators know about the student’s past. Rarely is a student molested in school without reasonable opportunities for the school to have prevented it. Sexual predators like teachers, school employees and coaches know they have time to “groom” their victims, to slowly gain their trust, before the sexual contact occurs, almost as if part of a natural progression of events in the unsuspecting child’s life. Abuse in schools can occur at any age, from pre-kindergarten through college.
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Discuss Your Options With A Sex Abuse Lawyer Today
If you or your child suffered sexual abuse at a school or university, you are not alone. Do not feel afraid to reach out to Horowitz Law for legal help. Contact us for a free, confidential initial consultation and we can explore your rights and options. Call 954-641-2100 or send us an email today.