Sonoma County School Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Child sexual abuse in public schools is a widespread yet often ignored problem that affects thousands of students each year. In California alone, the lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have represented 100 survivors of student sexual abuse. Sadly, school officials within the district often allow pedophiles and sex offenders to continue teaching despite complaints or signs of sexual misconduct with students.
If you are a survivor of school sexual abuse in Sonoma County, please contact our law firm, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. Our lawyers can help you go up against a teacher, administrator, volunteer, employee or the school district itself in pursuit of justice. One or more parties may owe you compensation. Call (800) 700-8450 today to schedule a free, private consultation about your case.
Why Choose Manly, Stewart & Finaldi?
- Your traumatic experience demands attention from top-rated, nationally recognized sexual abuse attorneys in California.
- Your lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi will have years of experience handling cases involving student sexual assault and abuse.
- Your case will receive personal, undivided attention from a top attorney, such as our founder and fierce client advocate, John C. Manly.
How Can Our Law Firm Help?
A civil lawsuit could end injustice for the experience you lived through as a student in Sonoma County. It could force the perpetrator and/or the public school district to take accountability for their actions. It could also end in compensation for your damages, including pain and suffering and any related medical expenses. Throughout your claim, an attorney from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you with each step.
- Identifying the proper defendant(s)
- Bringing your claim within the state’s time limit
- Filing your paperwork with the correct courthouse
- Building your case against the defendant(s)
- Negotiating a fair settlement
- Protecting your identity
- Taking your lawsuit to court, if necessary
With help from one of our attorneys, you could bring your case and seek closure without ever having to confront your perpetrator. We can petition the courts to allow you to use a pseudonym if you wish to remain anonymous for the duration of your claim. Our lawyers can work through legal processes related to your case while you look to the future.
What Does the New Law Mean if You Are a Sexual Abuse Survivor While Attending a Public School in California?
Prior to the enactment of AB-218, under California law, people who suffered sexual abuse as students in public schools had just six months (up to one year, in some cases) from the date of the last incident to bring their civil lawsuits. The Government Tort Claim Act imposed this restriction on claims against public school districts since they are government entities. Although a law that passed in 2008 extended the deadline for people with abuse that occurred after January 1st, 2009, the deadline still applied to survivors with cases before this cut-off time.
AB-218 officially lifts the strict six-month deadline for survivors with sexual abuse claims against public schools in California, regardless of when the abuse occurred. Survivors with cases involving abuse that happened after January 1st, 2009 may now come forward, even if they already missed the previous deadline. It is important to request counsel from someone at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi as soon as possible after realizing you may have a case. We can walk you through what the new law may mean for you.
Contact an Attorney Today
Student sexual abuse at schools in Sonoma County is a disgusting crime that should not occur in reasonably safe settings. When school districts cover-up cases and knowingly facilitate childhood sexual abuse, we believe they should face penalties. At our law firm, we work tirelessly to obtain justice and fair compensatory awards for our clients against defendants such as teachers, schools and/or school districts in Sonoma County. Speak to a lawyer today during a free consultation to learn more about your specific case. Contact us online or call (800) 700-8450 today.