School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Alameda County
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, our lawyers exclusively practice sexual abuse and assault civil law. For the last 25-plus years, our attorneys have dedicated 100% of their careers toward fighting against perpetrators and facilitators of sexual abuse, including educational institutions and school districts. If you or your child are a survivor of school sexual abuse in Alameda County, California, please contact our law firm for answers. We provide confidential legal counsel at no cost to prospective clients.
Why Choose Manly, Stewart & Finaldi?
- We will relentlessly pursue the goal of producing the best possible results for you, as our client.
- We are a nationally recognized firm for our Preeminent sexual abuse and assault attorneys.
- We have represented more than 100 school sexual abuse survivors throughout California, with outstanding results.
How Can an Alameda County Sex Abuse Lawyer Help You?
As the survivor of school sexual abuse, you may not only have a case against the teacher or staff member who committed the wrongdoing but also against the school district for facilitating abuse. Facilitating abuse could mean negligence such as failing to take student complaints seriously or to enact anti-abuse policies. A lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you go up against a school district or another powerful educational institution in Alameda County. We can handle difficult legal matters while you take care of your personal well being.
What Is School Sexual Abuse?
School sexual abuse refers to any sexual contact or relationship between students and teachers or other employees of a school. Sex abuse can take the form of harassment, discrimination, online sex crimes, stalking, sexual misconduct, assault, molestation, rape or sodomy. It does not matter if the student consented to the sexual act; the teacher and/or school could still be liable for damages for the crime of statutory sexual abuse. School sex abuse is a heinous crime that can negatively impact a survivor for life.
Liability Issues for Sexual Assault in Schools
Public school sexual assault claims are especially complex for survivors due to the hierarchy that exists within the educational system. Like an employer is vicariously liable for the actions of its employees, a school will be liable for the actions of its teachers, volunteers and other employees. If it is a public school, however, liability will ultimately fall to the larger school district. Since school districts are government entities, these cases take the form of government tort actions in California. As a survivor of sexual abuse at a public school, therefore, you will need to bring your civil lawsuit against the government.
What Does AB-218 Mean to Survivors of Public School Sexual Abuse in California?
The California Legislature made an important step forward in sexual abuse law in the passing of Assembly Bill 218. AB-218 remedied the unfairness of a previous rule for survivors of childhood sexual assault in public schools. Historically, public school sexual abuse survivors had to bring their claims within 6 to 12 months after the last incident of abuse, according to the California Government Tort Claims Act.
With AB-218, the California Legislature amended this requirement to allow survivors of childhood sex abuse before January 1st, 2009 to bring claims for damages against school districts. Claimants who missed their statutes of limitations under previous law may now be able to file lawsuits. It is important to speak to one of our attorneys for legal advice if you suffered abuse while at a public school in Alameda County, no matter how long ago.
Speak to a School Sex Abuse Lawyer in Alameda County Today
If you are the adult survivor of childhood school sexual abuse or believe your child is a survivor, please do not hesitate to contact us. The lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have dedicated their lives toward stopping sex abusers and helping survivors heal and move on. We may be able to help you hold a school district in Alameda County responsible for your harm as well as obtain a compensatory award for your damages on your behalf. Call (800) 700-8450 today to request a free and confidential claim review.