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Child Sexual Abuse or Serious Injury

McLouth Unified Agrees to Pay $800,000 to Sexually Abused Student

A Kansas school district has agreed to settle with a former student, Haylee Weissenbach. Following her graduation, Weissenbach filed a federal lawsuit in 2020 for the district’s “deliberate indifference” in handling the sexual abuse from McLouth High School teacher, Anthony Kuckelman. With DRZ’s own Daniel Zmijewski’s representation, McLouth Unified School District agreed to pay $800,000 to the victim. Read the article from…

Long-Term Effects of Sexual Abuse 

Sexual abuse is a heinous crime that has consequences for a survivor long after the last incident of abuse. Being sexually abused as a child can have an enormous effect on the child’s physical, emotional and mental well-being. Childhood sexual abuse and assault survivors often need therapy, counseling, medications and other remedies to cope with the crimes that were committed against them….

Types of Damages Awarded in Sexual Abuse Cases   

Filing a sexual assault or abuse civil lawsuit is about much more than collecting financial compensation. For a survivor of sexual abuse, coming forward with a case presents the opportunity to speak out against a perpetrator, hold an institution accountable, obtain justice and closure, and finally move forward. However, the financial amount awarded in a successful sexual abuse case can be a…

Age of Consent Laws in Kansas 

Age of consent laws are critical in sexual assault and abuse cases. Consent is someone’s agreement to participate in sexual activity. Engaging in sexual acts with someone without that person’s consent is a crime. If an individual is younger than the age of consent in a particular state, he or she cannot legally agree to sexual activity. The age of consent in…

Mandated Reporting for Crimes Against Children in Kansas 

Everyone has a responsibility to look out for the safety, health and welfare of children in their communities. Under Kansas law, however, certain individuals have a legal obligation to report suspicions of child sexual abuse or neglect. These individuals are known as mandated reporters, and they can face penalties for failing to speak up if they suspect certain crimes against children. Find…

How to Report Child Abuse and Neglect to Kansas Authorities

Child abuse and neglect are crimes that continue to pervade America. With the month of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is incredibly important to recognize the importance of spreading awareness and bringing communities together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Find out how to spot and report child abuse or neglect in Kansas to keep the children in your…

Differences Between Child Molestation and Sexual Abuse 

Sex crimes against children take many forms and have various definitions. While the phrases “child molestation” and “child sexual abuse” may be used interchangeably, there are key differences that separate them as two different crimes on a legal level in Kansas – with different penalties for perpetrators. Learn this distinction if you are a parent, guardian or another concerned adult who suspects…

How to Respond If Your Child Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Parents whose child has suffered sexual assault can fear to challenge large institutions such as schools. Learn the effective strategies your family can take.

Sexual Assaults at Military Schools Continue to Increase

Claims of sexual assaults at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy have increased by nearly 50 percent since 2016.

Secrecy Hurts Sexual Abuse Victims in Private Schools

America’s private schools often succeed in covering up sexual abuse of their students. Learn how this happens and what can be done to fight back.

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