Abuse in Boarding Schools
Connecticut is home to a number of boarding schools, many of which are nationally known. Unfortunately, some of these schools have done a better job of protecting their name and reputations than protecting students.
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney in Bridgeport, Connecticut, our lawyers represent the victims of child sexual abuse. We have successfully held boarding schools and other educational institutions accountable when they failed to protect children in their care. If your child was abused by a teacher, coach, staff member or volunteer while attending a private or boarding school in Connecticut, call us at 203-212-9075 for a free initial consultation. Even if the abuse occurred years ago, your child may be entitled to compensation.
Holding Boarding Schools Responsible
When you place your child in a boarding school, you place a high level of trust in the institution to protect your child from harm. You are not there to be watchful for signs of inappropriate contacts between your child and teachers, coaches and others at the school.
Staff members in boarding schools have greater access to children outside of the classroom than teachers in a public school. Sexual predators may abuse dozens of children over a long period of time, while protected behind the ivied walls of a respected institution. These schools can be held accountable when they:
- Fail to report suspected incidents of child sexual abuse
- Fail to conduct appropriate background checks on teachers and staff
- Fail to follow the school’s own policies to prevent child sexual abuse
Our civil justice system can provide a strong financial motivation to these institutions to stop child sexual abuse. It can also provide compensation for the victims.
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Child Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Prove a Molestation Case?
A. Child sexual abuse can take many forms and be difficult to prove, especially if the physical injuries are no longer present. However, many physicians and behavioral specialists are able to spot the warning signs of sexual abuse in children and can help build a strong case against the abuser. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the right experts to help with your claim.
Can You Sue a Teacher for Sexual Abuse?
A. Yes. Teachers can be held liable in a civil claim for sexual abuse against minor students. Like with all civil claims for child sexual abuse, it is important to work with an attorney right away to make sure all evidence is collected and documented to help build your case.
What Are My Legal Rights if I Was Sexually Abused as a Child?
A. Our lawyers represent victims who were sexually abused as children (under the age of 18). The law only allows victims to bring a claim up until the age of 48. Do not wait to learn about your legal options if you were the victim of sexual abuse as a minor.
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What is the statute of limitations with regard to filing a sexual abuse claim?
A. Victims who claim damages for sexual abuse, sexual assault or sexual exploitation as a child can file a claim up to 30 years past the age of abuse (typically until the age of 48) in Connecticut.
However, if you claim damages as a result of being sexually assaulted as an adult, then you have a much shorter time period in which to file a lawsuit. Typically, you have three years from the date of the assault to file against the perpetrator for his or her intentional acts and two years from the date of the assault to file against any other person or entity (e.g., perpetrator’s employer) who may have been negligent in allowing the perpetrator to have contact with you.
If there is a criminal case presently pending against the perpetrator, can I still file a civil suit?
What is the difference between criminal and civil cases? Is there a different burden of proof?
The perpetrator is now dead. Can I still file a claim?
I do not want my identity revealed. Is there a way that I can file a claim and remain anonymous?
Who are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse?
Any person so identified who in the course of his or her employment or profession has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been inflicted with non-accidental injuries or is at imminent risk of serious harm must report or cause a report to be made in accordance with state law. Violation of the law will result in a monetary fine and required participation in an educational and training program. See Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17-101(b); 17a-101a.