What happens in a civil sex abuse case against a school?


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A: The problem of sex abuse within schools, day care centers, etc. is ever more apparent. This month, in two separate cases, a teacher was found guilty of receiving and possessing child pornography and a middle school principal was sentenced for sexually abusing two teens.

Victims of sex abuse by a teacher or school employee can find justice in both the criminal and civil justice systems. In the civil justice system, the case will center around whether the schools actions result in liability. Depending on the nature and extent of the abuse and the school’s actions after learning about the abuse, liability may stem from either negligently allowing sexual abuse to continue or intentionally covering up the abuse.

In most cases, a school will rigorously defend itself against allegations that it failed to protect a student from sex abuse. This means that the lawsuit will require investigation, discovery, and depositions. Ultimately, a trial may be necessary. However, so long as a school’s negligence is demonstrated through investigation, discovery, and depositions, it is highly likely the school will want to settle the lawsuit prior to trial. Learn about potential resolutions in a civil sex abuse case.

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