If your child has been abused sexually, you have legal rights, options, and recourse available, not only against the person who caused it (the perpetrator), but against the institution or agency that hired, supervised and employed the perpetrator. Sometimes, following a criminal investigation, the prosecutor or detective will decide not to bring charges against the perpetrator. The abuse could even be peer-to-peer, or student-to-student. Even if the person who committed the acts was not convicted of a crime, or even charged, you may still have a case against the institution involved.
A civil action is different than the criminal case brought by the state, and allows all parties that contributed to the abuse to be held accountable. In some cases, punitive damages to punish the defendant may be available, as well as requirements to change policies and treatment of students.
For victims and their families, the outcome of a civil case can hold far greater weight than the outcome of the perpetrator’s criminal case. Attorney Jim Brown assists victims and their families in these civil claims arising from sexual abuse, inappropriate sexual relationships, and molestation. Because the effects of abuse last a lifetime, the damages awarded in a verdict or settlement should care for the victims needs, including psychological counseling, mental care, and countless moments of pain and suffering.
Sexual Abuse of Children: A National Epidemic
Sexual abuse of children is an ongoing crisis in the United States. Although a spotlight in the last decade has been cast on the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America, abuse in schools is far greater. A research study by the Department of Education as part of the No Child Left Behind Act found that "the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests." This study found that as many as 10% of public school students has suffered sexual harassment or abuse by a teacher at some point in their education. Due to the vast number of unreported incidents, it is impossible to get accurate statistics.
Foster children living with caregivers are also extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse. A study by Johns Hopkins University revealed that the rate of sexual abuse in the foster care system is four times as high as in the general population.
A Tireless Advocate for Victims and Their Families
California attorney Jim Brown has been nationally recognized for his work in sexual abuse cases, representing victims throughout the country who have been harmed by teachers, clergy, boy scout leaders, foster parents, and other trusted adults. Jim is known in the California legal community as a tireless advocate and true “lawyer’s lawyer.” Very few attorneys have the courtroom experience and skills that Jim Brown brings to a civil action. A vast majority of his work is spent assisting other attorneys with their cases. Jim’s knowledge of the law, investigative skills, years of courtroom experience, and history of proven case results is rare.
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Jim and his legal team are available to help you fight for justice and recover compensation. Contact the law office of James Brown today for a confidential consultation about your child and family’s rights. We will listen to your story, offer empathy and advice, answer your questions and explain your legal options to get the best possible outcome for your case.