Lawyers in New York for Sexual Abuse Victims of Coaches and Teachers
Parents send their children to school under the assumption that their teachers and coaches will protect them from sexual discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, school employees are often the source of the threat for our young ones.
According to a 2004 U.S. Department of Education report, an estimated 1 in 10 students will experience school employee misconduct by the time they graduate from high school. Offenders of sexual abuse can include all types of school employees including teachers, coaches, principals, counselors, and even superintendents. Perhaps most troublingly is that one teacher can abuse a great number of children. In fact, according to a 2010 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, one teacher offender can have as many as 73 victims.
These numbers speak to a national problem that needs to be taken seriously. Every year, thousands of students become victims of sexual abuse and the vast majority of these cases go unreported.
If you or your child has experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a teacher, coach, or another school employee, we can help you to hold those individuals and the organizations accountable.
Let the New York coach/teacher sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP provide you with the compassionate care and services you deserve. Contact us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE and discreet consultation.
What to Look Out For
The demographic group of victims of school employee sexual misconduct or abuse can vary greatly. However, a number of studies have shown that low income female high school students are most likely to experience sexual abuse by a school employee.
As parents, it is important that we notice any unusual behavior in our children, including:
- Nightmares or sleeping problems
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Unusual fear of a certain person or place
- Dislikes physical contact
- Draws, writes or talks about adult sexual behaviors
Teens and adolescents may exhibit other out-of-character behaviors such as:
- Running away
- Becoming sexually promiscuous
- Using drugs or alcohol
- Appetite issues (excessive eating or dieting)
- Psychological issues (anxiety or depression)
Recognizing these cues can help parents or guardians to uncover the sexual abuse that is occurring. If you believe that your child is the survivor of abuse, it is important to:
- Maintain your composure and do NOT overreact
- Do NOT blame the victim for the abuse
- Do NOT demand details
- Do NOT minimize their experience
- Listen calmly and attentively to understand the full story
- Seek out medical care
- Notify law enforcement and the appropriate child services
- Seek assistance from trained professionals (i.e. psychologist/psychiatrist)
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a sexual predator, call us right now at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE consultation.
Long Term Effects of Sexual Abuse
Sadly, the effects of sexual abuse by school employees like a teacher or coach can lead to a lifetime of serious psychological, physical, academic, and behavioral issues. It’s also been concluded that many victims of sexual abuse can develop problems with drugs, alcohol, or substance abuse as they age.
Some long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse include:
- Chronic headaches
- Recurrent nausea
- Sexual dysfunction
- Suicide attempts
- Poor self-esteem
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
It’s worth noting that sexual abuse also affects a survivor’s ability to trust others and develop meaningful personal relationships.
Contact our sexual abuse attorneys right now at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE consultation. You are not alone.
Challenges in Keeping Children Safe
The failure of our education system to protect our children from sexual predators is the result of common mishandlings and a lack of adequately implementing safety policies. Some of the most frequently cited issues that allow for the high frequency of sexual abuse by a school teacher or coach include:
- School staff is unaware of what employee sexual misconduct is, fail to recognize warning signs that it is occurring, or are uncertain of who to report the incident to.
- School staff, even when they are aware of sexual misconduct by a coworker, are afraid to notify the proper authorities because of potential stigma, damage to their reputation, and fear of legal repercussions.
- When cases are reported, school administrators attempt to avoid the legal consequences by entering into confidentiality agreements or negotiating private settlements.
- Sexual abusers leave their current employer before facing legal repercussions and can seek work elsewhere – and abuse other children.
- Many states do not have programs in place to train school employees about awareness and prevention.
- Internal investigations by school administrators can lead to the loss of key evidence that can interfere with child welfare or law enforcement investigations.
- Current technologies and social media have made it easier for predators to “groom” and attract their victims. There is not enough oversight or ability to limit interactions between students and potential sexual predators.
- The victims themselves are frequently hesitant to report the abuse and many do not consider themselves to be victims.
What is most important to note is that survivors of sexual abuse are not at fault for what they have endured.
If you or a family member have been a victim of sexual abuse by a school employee such as a teacher or coach, we are ready to fight for you. Contact our New York sexual abuse attorneys today at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE, no obligation consultation to discuss your situation.
How Hach & Rose, LLP Can Help
Our New York sexual abuse attorneys will assist you in filing a civil lawsuit against the individuals and educational institutions that harmed you or your loved one. Perpetrators of sexual abuse need to be held accountable for their actions and victims deserve justice for their suffering.
If you or a loved one are a victim of sexual abuse, we can help you to seek litigation against:
- Private School Abuse. Sexual abuse occurs frequently in private schools and we can help to protect your loved one against the teacher, coach, staff member or volunteer who caused the trauma.
- Public School Abuse. Because of the various parties involved in a public school sexual abuse case, these types of cases can become complicated. Our New York sexual abuse attorneys have the experience needed to successfully litigate your claim.
- School Bus/Transportation Abuse. Supervision on buses and school transportation tends to be poor. From field trips to other school activities, a lot can happen to your child when riding the bus. We can effectively investigate any sexual abuse that takes place in this environment.
Falling victim to sexual exploitation can mean a lifetime of pain and recovery. The organization and school officials that were negligent in their duty to protect you or your loved one need to be held responsible for their failings.
If you are the survivor of sexual abuse, you have the right to seek out justice and financial recovery for your experience.
Contact our New York sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP today at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE and confidential consultation. We are also available via our online contact form.