Santa Barbara School District Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse at school can cause years of psychological trauma, emotional distress and mental anguish for a student victim. At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, our sexual abuse and assault lawyers are passionate about helping survivors pursue justice and financial compensation not only from individual perpetrators but also the institutions that covered up abuse, including school districts.
If you or a loved one suffered Santa Barbara Unified School District sexual abuse, contact our Southern California attorneys at (800) 700-8450 for help. While we know how difficult it is to come forward about child sexual abuse, we also know how important it is to seek justice and closure so that you can move on. We offer free confidential case reviews.
Why Clients Choose Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
- Our law firm is recognized throughout the country as preeminent legal advocates representing survivors of sexual abuse, including school district sexual abuse.
- We have obtained some of the largest verdicts against school districts in history, including a $140 million global settlement from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- Our lawyers will work relentlessly to make sure that you have everything you need during the legal process. We can protect your confidentiality if you prefer to remain anonymous.
What Is School Sexual Abuse?
It is against the law for an adult to engage in any type of sexual activity with a minor. School sexual abuse is the specific crime of sexual encounters with a minor child at a school or related event, such as an off-campus field trip. The sexual abuse of a student can take many forms, including:
- Having sexually inappropriate conversations with a student
- Sending inappropriate or sexually explicit text messages
- Taking sexually explicit photographs of a student
- Exposure of sexual organs to a student
- Kissing, fondling, groping, massaging or other inappropriate touching
- Touching a student’s private parts (including a female’s breasts)
- Attempted rape, rape, statutory rape or sodomy
If you suspect any type of school sexual abuse within the Santa Barbara Unified School District, report your suspicions to the authorities right away. Tell the police and administrators at the school. Then, consult with the California sexual abuse lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for assistance with the legal side of your case.
How Can Our Santa Barbara School District Sexual Abuse Attorneys Help You?
Retaining an attorney allows you to protect your rights and best interests during the legal process. Your attorney will be your advocate in all matters while you focus on healing and moving forward. Hiring an attorney with years of experience and positive case results can give you the peace of mind that you deserve. The professionals at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you in several ways during your school district sexual abuse claim. We can:
- Determine the correct defendant(s).
- Investigate and collect evidence of sexual abuse or assault.
- Fill out confusing claims paperwork on your behalf.
- File your lawsuit before the statute of limitations.
- Follow all of California’s rules and regulations for bringing a civil lawsuit.
- Fight for the maximum possible amount of financial compensation for your losses.
- Take your case to trial, if necessary, while protecting your identity.
You may have grounds to bring a lawsuit against the school district for negligently failing to protect its students or to react appropriately to accusations of sexual abuse. If your assault or abuse took place in the Santa Barbara Unified School District many years ago, you may still be entitled to financial compensation. California recently changed its statute of limitations to extend the time limit to file for child sex abuse survivors.
Do You Have a Case Against a School District? Find Out Today
The Santa Barbara Unified School District has faced civil lawsuits before for sexual abuse allegations against its teachers and staff members. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse, assault or harassment at a school in this district, don’t hesitate to consult with our attorneys about your legal rights and options. During a confidential case review, we will listen to your story and let you know how we can help. Call (855) 944-0710 today to request a free case evaluation. We are ready to listen to you and believe you.