School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Chico Unified School District

The Chico Unified School District in California is legally responsible for the wellbeing of each student at its 37 schools. Failure to reasonably fulfill the duties that come with this responsibility could result in tragedies – including student sexual abuse by teachers, administrators or other employees. 

If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse at a school in the Chico Unified School District, do not hesitate to bring your case to the attention of an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. Our lawyers have committed their lives to protecting clients like you. Initial consultations are always free and confidential. Contact us today for yours.

Why Clients Choose Our Law Firm

  • We recognize the importance of keeping clients’ identities anonymous if they feel more comfortable bringing their claims.
  • We have spent years honing our craft, with a managing partner who has spent more than 25 years in this practice area.
  • We only accept sexual abuse and assault claims, giving us ample practice area experience and in-depth knowledge of this subject.
  • We work hard to obtain top results for our clients, including taking cases to court if necessary. Our case results show over $2 billion won for clients.

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

A civil lawsuit is not the same as a criminal one. During a civil case, it is up to you, the plaintiff (or your attorney) to prove the defendant’s fault for causing your losses. If the defendant is the Chico Unified School District, this could be difficult due to the district’s ability to fight your claim. Hiring a lawyer, however, can force the district to take your claim more seriously. Most defendants in civil lawsuits are more willing to offer higher compensation amounts once the plaintiff has hired an attorney to avoid going to court. Retaining an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, therefore, could immediately benefit your case.

What Is Sexual Abuse or Assault?

In California, the legal definition of sexual assault is the unwanted touching of someone else’s intimate parts. These parts include the groin, sexual organ, anus or buttocks of any person or the breasts of a female. Sexual abuse, on the other hand, could be physical or nonphysical. Student sexual abuse could describe any sexual misconduct between a teacher and his or her pupil.

  • Sexual touching
  • Kissing, hugging, or invading personal space
  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Inappropriate sex-related comments or jokes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual molestation
  • Rape or statutory rape

School sexual abuse or assault could have long-lasting ramifications on the student. Survivors of sex crimes often suffer damages such as considerable emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental anguish, depression and anxiety. If you or your child experienced sexual abuse at a school in the Chico Unified School District, you have rights.

As a Sexual Assault Survivor While Attending a Public School in California, AB-218 Could Affect You

In 2019, California lawmakers signed Assembly Bill 218 into law. As of January 1st, 2020, AB-218 will change things for the better for survivors of sexual assault at public schools in the state. Instead of having just six months (or up to one year, in some cases) to file lawsuits, survivors will now have until age 40, like survivors of sexual assault in cases against private parties. AB-218 changed the rule that previously forced claimants to follow the requirements of the Tort Claims Act. It is still important to your case, however, to speak to a lawyer at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as soon as possible for counsel about your case.

Contact a Chico Unified School Sex Abuse Lawyer Today

Contacting an attorney promptly can inform you of your rights and put your mind at ease about a potential lawsuit. You can learn things about your case and the laws that apply to it, all while keeping your identity private. Our lawyers are here to help you in any way we can during your sexual abuse lawsuit against Chico Unified or another entity in California. Start with a free initial consultation. Speak to an attorney today at (800) 700-8450.