Strong Advocacy When Coaches Sexually Abuse Your Child in Los Angeles
Southern California lawyers with the experience and compassion to litigate school abuse cases
When it comes to sexual abuse of children in schools, it is a tragic fact that the abuse is not limited to the classroom alone. Many children who suffer sexual abuse at school do so at the hands of a coach. Like teachers, coaches are authority figures with power over children — power that perpetrators use to their advantage in order to select, groom and exploit their innocent victims.
At Taylor & Ring, our Los Angeles sexual abuse lawyers hold sexually abusive coaches accountable for their actions, as well as the schools that failed their students and the community at large that hired sexual predators. Whether it is a sports coach, a theater coach, or any type of school coach, our lawyers have the experience to first help your child get the physical and emotional help required and then to hold accountable those who breached their duty of care and trust to your child.
Who should be held accountable for student sexual abuse?
The perpetrator of sexual abuse against children must be held accountable for his or her actions. But the perpetrator alone is not the only responsible party: Schools have a duty to carefully screen each and every potential employee and to thoroughly investigate complaints regarding employees’ behavior, including coaches. Schools that fail to conduct this due diligence must be held accountable for their negligent actions.
Similarly, schools may attempt to protect their image or reputation by knowingly working to conceal evidence of sexual abuse perpetrated by coaches or other employees. This type of deception is unconscionable, and criminal. An experienced sexual abuse attorney can help you file suit against both the perpetrator of the abuse and the school that overlooked or implicitly condoned it. In appropriate cases, we bring claims for punitive damages.
Taking perpetrators and their employers to court not only serves to bring some sense of closure to the episode and justice to the victim and his or her family, but it can also help save other children from potential abuse. School abuse cases are difficult. The emotional needs of the child are paramount. An attack by a coach is an attack on the student’s trust.
Long-lasting effects of rape or sexual abuse of a student
The effects of sexual abuse on children can last a lifetime if not properly addressed and treated. The shame, guilt, fear and anger that comes with suffering sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted adult, like a coach, can have far-reaching repercussions on a child’s existence. According to statistics from the National Center for the Victims of Crime, a child who is the victim of prolonged sexual abuse usually develops low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness, and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults, and can become suicidal. The child also has a higher risk of sexually assaulting others due to his or her history.
Contact an experienced Los Angeles attorney after a coach sexually abuses your child
Our Los Angeles child sexual assault attorneys carefully guide students and their parents through each stage of the litigation process. If your child has been subjected to sexual abuse in school committed by coaches, contact Taylor & Ring today at 310-776-6390 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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