San Mateo County School Sexual Abuse Attorney

School officials are ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children at the school. San Mateo County oversees 194 schools and thousands of students. Ignoring allegations of sexual abuse or failing to protect children from sexual misconduct are acts of negligence. In these situations, the school district could be liable for the survivor’s harm. 

If you are a survivor of school sexual abuse in San Mateo County, please contact a lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for counsel. We offer confidential initial consultations at no cost to you.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our founder has been representing clients who survived sexual abuse and assault for over 25 years. He understands this practice area inside and out.
  • Our law firm offers experienced representation to survivors of sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse, assault, molestation and misconduct.
  • Our law firm works tirelessly to achieve top results for clients and has obtained over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.

How Can We Help Your Case?

Hiring a lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi could help your sexual abuse case in many ways. We have the experience going up against powerful educational institutions you need to feel confident in the case you bring against a public school district in San Mateo County. We will take care of the complicated and difficult parts of your case while you focus on emotional healing. Our attorneys will make sure a defendant does not take advantage of you during the claims process, and that you feel safe and protected throughout your lawsuit. We can keep your identity anonymous during your case if desired.

Signs of School Sexual Abuse

If you are a parent with a child at a school in San Mateo County, California, stay vigilant in watching for potential signs of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse can affect any child, any gender, at any age. Teachers, administrators, volunteers and other employees may be guilty of sexual misconduct on school grounds or during school-sponsored events, such as field trips. If you notice any signs that could point to abuse, report it right away.

  • Emotional distress, anxiety or depression
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • Fear or anxiety about returning to school
  • Nightmares or bedwetting
  • Developmental regression
  • Unusual knowledge of sexual subjects
  • Genital injuries
  • Bruising on the buttocks or upper thighs
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

Discuss the possibility of sexual abuse with your child. Make sure he or she knows it is safe to tell you about what happened, and that there are people who can help. If you believe someone in San Mateo County assaulted your child while at school, please do not hesitate to contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. We know how to help families with the repercussions of this awful crime from day one.

New Law Affects Cases by Sexual Assault Survivors Against Public Schools

The enactment of Assembly Bill 218 in California has changed the way civil courts handle claims by survivors of public school sexual abuse. Previously, survivors with incidents that occurred before January 1st, 2009 only had six months (or one year, in some cases) to bring their claims against government entities such as public school districts. 

With the signing of AB-218 into law, however, this statute of limitations no longer applies. AB-218 did away with the strict time limits the California Government Tort Claims Act previously applied. Seek legal advice expediently from a lawyer at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi if you believe you have a case.

Contact a School Sexual Abuse Lawyer in San Mateo County

It is important to seek counsel and guidance right away if you are a survivor of student sexual abuse or believe your child has experienced this crime at a public school in San Mateo County. Our attorneys have helped clients for over 25 years. We can protect your best interests and help you bring a claim against a sex offender, school, school district and/or other parties in pursuit of justice and compensation. Please contact our firm today to request a free consultation.