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Sexual Abuse by Teacher Attorney in Kansas

Entrusting your child to a teacher or educator should be easy. You should be able to trust your child’s educational experience to teachers that a school has deemed fit for the job. Sadly, not all teachers are deserving of this trust. There are teachers who use their positions of power over children to commit acts of sexual abuse, assault and violence against students. 

If your child has been sexually abused by a teacher in Kansas, contact a lawyer because your family has legal rights. The attorneys at DRZ Law can help you hold a teacher and school or school district accountable in a court of law. We are committed advocates for child sexual abuse victims throughout the country. Discuss how we can help you by requesting a free, confidential case consultation.

Why Choose DRZ Law?

DRZ Law has been dedicated to seeking justice for sexual assault, abuse, violence and trauma victims for many years. Clients come to us when results matter because they know that we have the experience and skill to make a real difference. We are proud to say that we have a 100-percent success rate with our sexual assault clients; we have obtained compensation for all of them, collecting millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.

Our lawyers were trained in large, international law firms and have extensive courtroom experience specific to childhood sexual assault. Some of our attorneys used to work for the U.S. Department of Justice. Now we are focused on helping people. We have been recognized by SuperLawyers and KCMBA’s Best of the Bar for our legal services. We believe our clients; we do not blame them. 

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What Is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse refers to crimes of a sexual nature committed against minors by a sexual predator. Since the age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years old in Kansas, any sexual activity involving a minor who is 15 or under constitutes sexual assault, even if it is voluntary. Sexual acts with a child ages 16 to 18 can also be against the law, especially if the perpetrator is a teacher or adult in a position of power over the victim. Sexual abuse by a teacher can take many forms, such as: 

  • Kissing and hugging
  • Touching of private parts (or a female’s breasts)
  • Solicitation of a minor
  • Exhibitionism (exposure of sex organs in front of a child)
  • Child molestation
  • Penetration of the vagina or anus
  • Oral sex
  • Rape, attempted rape or statutory rape
  • Child pornography

Sexual abuse can be committed by force, coercion or without the victim’s lawful consent. It may also involve physical and/or emotional abuse. Sadly, schools are common settings for child sexual abuse, assault and rape. Teachers and other staff members at a school often have the opportunity to work alone and unsupervised with children. They are also in positions of authority that can allow them to groom and prey on victims more easily. 

What Are Red Flags That a Child Is Being Sexually Abused by a Teacher?

Children may not come forward or report teacher sexual abuse for a variety of reasons. It is often up to parents and other adults to notice the signs of sex crimes, such as by studying the child’s appearance or behaviors. Common red flags for sexual abuse include:

  • Regression in young children, such as thumb-sucking
  • Nightmares and difficulty sleeping
  • Fear or distress about going to school
  • Troubling knowledge of sexual subjects
  • Using new words for private body parts
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Unkempt appearance or poor hygiene
  • Sudden outbursts or aggression
  • A decline in school performance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts/behaviors
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Substance use or abuse

If you suspect child sexual abuse by a teacher, talk openly with your child and make sure they feel heard, safe and loved. Report the abuse to law enforcement. Then, contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.

Holding Schools and School Districts Accountable for Teacher Sexual Abuse

When you report a teacher for sexually assaulting a child, law enforcement will most likely make an arrest and the teacher will face criminal charges for his or her actions. Yet a criminal case will not hold the institution that allowed the abuse to occur accountable for failing to keep your child safe. As the parent of an abused student, you have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against the institution that you trusted with your child’s well-being. In a case involving teacher sexual abuse, our lawyers can help you identify if this may be the school or school district.

Schools in Kansas and around the country are often guilty of protecting teachers who have sexually abused children. They may do this to protect their reputations or to avoid a lawsuit. Both public and private schools – as well as colleges and universities – can employ many tactics to conceal sexual abuse claims and hide the backgrounds of known abusers. This can make it more difficult to hold a school or school district accountable for its part in allowing your child to be assaulted. As a parent, you can fight back with assistance from an experienced sexual abuse attorney.

Taking on an institution for sex crimes against children is a legal specialty. At DRZ Law, we have dedicated our practice to empowering victims of abuse. We can help parents demand justice against a school or school district and change the system so that this crime does not happen again. We have the knowledge and experience to overcome any challenge that your case may encounter, including the school claiming legal immunity. We will not stop fighting for you and your child.

Request a Free Consultation With a Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today

Finding out that your child has been sexually assaulted or violated by a trusted teacher is devastating and overwhelming. There are experienced professionals who can help you and your family achieve justice, closure and financial compensation. Our lawyers specialize in sexual abuse by teacher cases, and at DRZ Law we have been helping families litigate cases of child sexual abuse in Kansas for more than 20 years. If you believe you have a case of teacher sexual abuse, please call our attorneys at (913) 400-2033 or contact us online to request a free case review. We have the resources and experience to give your family what it needs during this difficult time.

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