School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Fremont Unified School District
Sexual abuse is always a heinous crime, but it is especially damaging when it comes from a person in a position of trust, such as a school teacher. If you or someone you love experienced school sexual abuse in the Fremont Unified School District, a lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help. This district is responsible for 49 schools and hundreds of students. If you were one of them and suffered the trauma of sexual abuse or assault, you have rights. Let us help you protect them. Contact us today for a private case review.
Why You Should Choose Our Lawyers to Represent You
- You can benefit from the years of practice area experience within our firm. Our founder, John C. Manly, has dedicated the last 25 years to representing sexual abuse survivors.
- You can rest assured in our abilities to take care of your case and fight for top results. We have won accolades such as Super Lawyers and California’s Top 100 Attorneys, as well as over $2 billion in past case results.
- You do not need to worry about exposing yourself. We treat these cases with the highest standards of confidentiality. We can protect your identity and help you remain anonymous throughout your case if desired.
Why You Need a Lawyer
You may believe you can handle bringing a civil lawsuit against Fremont Unified alone, but this could prove difficult. A public school district is a government entity, with ample protections and resources for fighting liability. The best way to balance the scales is to retain an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. One of our lawyers can strengthen your case, take over communications with the other side and fight for the compensatory award we believe you deserve. You can focus on your future with peace of mind after retaining our legal services.
What Is School Sexual Abuse?
Most cases of sexual abuse or assault come from a perpetrator’s need to be in control. Sex offenders often hold positions of power over their targets, such as a teacher does over a student. It is often difficult or impossible, therefore, for the person to say no to the perpetrator. For this reason, sexual acts of any kind between a person in power and his or her subordinates are against the law in California.
Even if a sexual act between teacher and student was consensual, it meets the definition of school sexual assault. Many sex crimes, however, occur against a student’s will or without a young child realizing what is happening. You could have a claim against Fremont Unified for many physical and nonphysical acts, including sexual harassment, discrimination, stalking, misconduct, touching, molestation and rape. Discuss the possibility of a lawsuit today with one of our attorneys.
What AB-218 Means if You Are a Sexual Assault Survivor
Experiencing sexual assault while at a public school in California traditionally meant overcoming a significant obstacle during a civil claim: a six-month deadline. Historically, these claims fell under California’s Government Tort Claims Act, meaning claimants had little time to bring their lawsuits. In 2008, lawmakers passed a law taking away the tort claims requirements, but only for abuse that occurred after 2008. This law did not help claimants with abuse cases that occurred before January 1st, 2009.
Assembly Bill 218, however, finally changed things for school sexual assault survivors with abuse that occurred before 2009. The passing of AB-218 allowed survivors of childhood sexual assault from prior to this date to bring claims for damages against public school districts without the six-month deadline (or one year, in some cases). Instead, cases against public schools and public school districts now abide by the same statute of limitations as every other sexual abuse case: the claimant’s 40th birthday.
Contact a Fremont Unified School Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Do not risk missing your deadline or allowing important evidence to disappear by waiting too long to contact an attorney about your case. The lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi offer free and nonobligatory consultations so you can ask questions without any risks. Initial consultations are always confidential. Submit our contact form or call us at (800) 700-8450 today.