All too often, we hear or read about instances of teacher/staff member sexual abuse (TV, internet, radio, newspaper, etc.). How many more instances take place that we do not hear or read about? Statistically speaking, approximately 10% of children in the U.S. will experience sexual misconduct by a member of their school’s staff during their school career (K-12). (AP: Sexual Misconduct Plagues U.S. Schools. MSNBC. 2007.) While this is a very sad fact indeed, even sadder is the fact that more instances of the misconduct that takes place will go unreported.

Needless to say, sexual abuse in schools is a very serious problem, and is a very real concern to students, parents, teachers and the taxpayers. Research shows that children who are the victims of sexual abuse can and often do suffer from emotional, educational and developmental or health effects, which can extend well into adulthood.

Schools/districts may attempt to cover-up or feign ignorance about the abuse that takes place. Our experience shows that frequently the school district either knew that something was not right but did not act, or failed to have the systems and procedures in place to prevent the abuse. And while these “cover ups” or instances of so-called “ignorance” do not appear harmless, they actually contribute to the harm caused by the sexual abuse of a child because they fail to remove the abuser and let the abuse continue. That is precisely why both the abuser and school district, if it failed to act despite having notice of the abuse or suspecting it, need to be held accountable for their actions.

If you have been sexually abused by a teacher/staff member, or suspect your child has been, notify law enforcement and learn your legal rights by contacting the Law Offices of Robert M. Wilson. We offer a no-cost, no-obligation and completely private consultation.