Sexual Abuse in Schools: Leading to Physical and Emotional Harm

School is thought of as a safe place to send our children to learn and expand their knowledge. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to several types of abuse including sexual abuse during and after school hours. Sexual abuse could be from teachers, coaches, and school administrates, happening to both boys and girls. As reported in the news, this may even be female teachers with older high school boys. In many instances, the abusers use their position to take advantage of innocent children and students. Schools are responsible for the safety of our children and to properly supervise and protect the children. Schools should be a place where parents feel safe to send their children and be certain they are protected from abuse.

The school sexual abuse injury lawyers at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP will act with the utmost of discretion and confidentiality of claims. We have years of experience dealing with injured children and realize their special needs. When working with minor clients, we try to resolve matters without litigation, and we make sure their financial recovery is protected for their best interests. If you believe your child has been the victim of inappropriate behavior, you can speak with an experienced attorney at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP.

Sexual Abuse at Private, Religious and Public Schools

There are too many sad stories of past and current sexual abuse at all types of schools. Our firm litigates against any school. It is important to note that claims notices may need to be filed within 90 days when city public and residential schools are involved.

  • New York City Public Schools
  • New York City Residential schools for Disabled Students
  • Religious Schools run by Various Religious Organizations
  • Private Day or Boarding Schools

Types of Abuse

  • Discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual abuse of a student by teachers or administration
  • Peer-to-Peer sexual harassment and physical abuse
  • Peer-to-Peer bullying which becomes physically or sexually abusive

Signs of Sexual and Physical Abuse:

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Trouble walking or sitting
  • Fear of being left alone
  • General anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sudden Change in Behavior

Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP Supports Legislative Statute of Limitations Reform

For claims where the harm happened years ago, victims may be blocked by an unfair statute of limitations defense. We strongly stand behind the efforts of New York State Senators and Assembly members to introduce legislation that would allow a one year window for past victims to file lawsuits. This would also allow for waiving the 90-day notice of claims against government entities. Sadly, some of the strongest opposition to these bills comes from religious organizations.

Taking High Profile Abuse Cases

Our partner Sherri Plotkin is a leader in our sexual abuse litigation department. Along with our trial partner Thomas Giuffra, the two take and prosecute high profile cases. Both have significant settlements and verdicts against schools and government entities. One such matter is discussed in this article. This matter involves a 14-year-old mentally challenged girl at the residential Christopher School in the Bronx.

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