Barstow School District Sexual Abuse
If you or your child experienced sexual abuse or assault by a teacher or someone else in the Barstow Unified School District in California, contact our attorneys for assistance. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi has obtained record-breaking results for former clients in lawsuits against school districts in California and beyond. Our attorneys are here to help you in your healing process, while also finding ways to prevent future incidents of sexual assault or abuse. Contact us at (800) 700-8450 today for more information.
Why Trust Us With Your Claim?
- Our law firm is one of the leaders in sexual abuse litigation in the country. We have handled many high-profile cases that have changed the lives of our clients.
- We are highly experienced. Our founder and managing partner, John C. Manly, has more than 25 years of experience in sexual abuse litigation.
- We will do everything we can to protect you during and after your claim. This includes keeping your identity anonymous, if preferred.
About School District Sexual Abuse in California
There is no measure to the amount of emotional and psychological pain suffered by survivors of child sexual abuse. Many survivors are abused and assaulted in the very places that are supposed to protect them, such as schools. Classrooms, locker rooms and after-school programs present many opportunities for child sex abusers to target victims. School sexual abuse can describe any sexual encounter with a minor at a school or school-related event, such as a field trip or after-school program.
In many of these cases, a school district failed to properly protect its students from sexual abuse. School districts are often negligent in providing safe learning environments. For example, school district administrators may carelessly fail to take the necessary steps to prevent sexual abuse, such as conducting background checks on teachers and reporting allegations to the proper authorities. Negligence by school districts can perpetuate student sexual abuse and assault in Barstow.
For example, in 2017, a survivor of school sexual assault by a former teacher at Barstow Christian School filed a motion for punitive damages against the school for violating California’s child protection laws. The motion claimed that the principal knew of the teacher’s inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old student but failed to report it to the authorities. It also alleged that the School Board Policy Manual expressly placed the reputations of teachers above the protection of its students.
What to Do if You Suspect School Sexual Abuse
If you have experienced actions or behaviors from a teacher or someone else at your school in the Barstow Unified School District or have reason to suspect that someone has sexually abused your child at his/her school, you have legal rights. Start by going to a safe location for the help that you need. This may be a trusted friend or family member, a hospital if you have any physical injuries from sexual abuse, or a sexual abuse hotline if you need professional assistance.
Next, begin the pursuit of justice by going to the authorities. Call the police right away to report the alleged perpetrator. This may lead to an arrest and criminal charges for crimes such as child sexual abuse and endangerment. You should also alert the school to your suspicions or complaints. If you have any evidence, such as eyewitness statements or inappropriate texts or emails from the teacher, gather them together to create an organized case file. Finally, contact an experienced school district sexual abuse attorney in Barstow for legal assistance.
Contact Us for Help With a Case Against the Barstow Unified School District
Manly, Stewart & Finaldi is committed to shedding light in dark places throughout California and seeking justice for sexual abuse survivors. This includes holding schools and school districts accountable for failing to protect students from sexual abuse. If you or a loved one is a survivor of school district sexual abuse or assault in Barstow, contact us now to start your claim with a free and confidential consultation.