Schools and universities are centers for education where students should be able to concentrate exclusively on learning. And yet, every year there are countless cases of students who become victims of sexual assault by teachers, coaches, and even their peers.
New Jersey state law affords compelling legal avenues for these victims to seek justice. If a sexual assault incident wrecked your life or that of a loved one, contact our team of school sexual assault lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you fight for your deserved compensation while you and your family concentrate on recovery and healing.
Estimating the number of students who are sexually abused by their teachers every year is nearly impossible. There are countless victims who are too scared to come forward so their claims are never counted. There are others whose concerns are disregarded and which also go unreported. And lastly, there are valid cases that are all-too-often swept under the rug to avoid public outcry.
However, there are some statistics. For instance, a report on sexual crimes in classrooms found that an astounding 10% of students are victimized by sexual predators throughout their schooling years. This includes children in kindergarten as well as young adults in high school.
As we mentioned, since many occurrences of assault and abuse go unreported, the actual prevalence of sexual abuse of students is likely to be substantially higher. Consider that a study completed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding child sex abuse approximated that only 1 in 3 instances of sexual assault are brought to the attention of law enforcement agencies, child protective services (CPS), or other authorities.
If these 'watchdog' groups aren't made aware of the criminal acts, it makes it incredibly difficult to hold the perpetrators accountable. It also makes it practically impossible to trace the source of the problem and then implement solutions for mitigating it once and for all.
To our legal team, these levels of underreporting are very alarming and emboldening at the same time. We know this huge social issue is out there and is occurring each and every day, but we're also sure that we can make a difference for those who reach out to us and whom we have the honor of representing in civil justice cases.
There isn’t necessarily a widely-accepted set of characteristics that can help us predict who will commit these atrocities asperpetrators of child sex abuse can take many forms and roles in the community. On the other hand, what is clear is that the abusers are rarely unknown to the victim; this is to say, it usually is an individual with whom the victim is already familiar, whether intimately or not.
Teachers, counselors, coaches, and other powerful figures from schools, even those well-known and highly-esteemed by the community, may turn out to be child predators.
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