File A Lawsuit With An Expert School Sexual Abuse Lawyer

At Monsees & Mayer, our school sexual abuse attorneys win cases, even those with substantial legal challenges. We are prepared to actively pursue claims when children are victimized at school. Abuse at school can take on one of two forms:

  • Either abuse by a teacher or other school employee, or
  • Abuse of a student by another student.

Either case is challenging due to the legal protections afforded schools.  While a teacher may be legally responsible for his/her own abuse of a child, a school may not share in that responsibility.  That can pose problems when it comes time to collect a settlement or judgment.

The goal of our school sexual abuse lawyers is to empower survivors and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. If you are ready to take legal action, contact our school abuse lawyers to discuss your case and explore the options available to you.

Mary is a 14-year-old soccer player. Her male coach, Jim, consistently pats her on the backside as she makes plays, comes off the field, and in a host of other situations, not all of which occur on or near the playing field. Mary doesn’t like the contact, and some of her teammates have even asked her, “What is going on?” It is the exercise of power over an individual under circumstances that have an unwelcome sexual component that is the key to distinguishing sexual abuse or contact from innocent, welcome touching. Hence, can a pat on the backside after Mary scores a goal be innocent and non-sexual? Of course! The key depends largely on frequency and whether the victim consents.

File A Lawsuit With An Expert School Sexual Abuse Lawyer

At Monsees & Mayer, our school sexual abuse attorneys win cases, even those with substantial legal challenges. We are prepared to actively pursue claims when children are victimized at school. Abuse at school can take on one of two forms:

  • Either abuse by a teacher or other school employee, or
  • Abuse of a student by another student.

Either case is challenging due to the legal protections afforded schools.  While a teacher may be legally responsible for his/her own abuse of a child, a school may not share in that responsibility.  That can pose problems when it comes time to collect a settlement or judgment.

The goal of our school sexual abuse lawyers is to empower survivors and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. If you are ready to take legal action, contact our school abuse lawyers to discuss your case and explore the options available to you.

Our School Sexual Abuse Lawyers Advocate for Your Students’ Rights

When the legal challenges are significant, you need a knowledgeable attorney with experience. Our school sexual abuse lawyers can successfully litigate claims for abuse of children committed by teachers and other students. By seeking our legal services, you can be assured that we will diligently investigate your case and gather relevant evidence. Your attorney will advocate on your behalf to pursue compensation for the harm you have endured. At Monsees & Mayer, we win cases and honor survivors’ dignity. View more details about our recent results:

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Highschool Student Sexually Assaulted by Coach

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Middle School Student Molested by Teacher

Our School Sexual Abuse Lawyers Advocate for Your Students’ Rights

When the legal challenges are significant, you need a knowledgeable attorney with experience. Our school sexual abuse lawyers can successfully litigate claims for abuse of children committed by teachers and other students. By seeking our legal services, you can be assured that we will diligently investigate your case and gather relevant evidence. Your attorney will advocate on your behalf to pursue compensation for the harm you have endured. At Monsees & Mayer, we win cases and honor survivors’ dignity. View more details about our recent results:

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Our School Sexual Abuse Lawyers Strategically Overcome School Immunity

Schools enjoy what are called “immunities.”  Generally, government organizations are immune from lawsuits.  In short, they cannot be held legally responsible for the acts of their employees. State-based “immunity” can, and often does, shield schools from otherwise owed responsibility for their part in allowing abuse to occur at school. Our school sexual abuse lawyers understand exceptions to immunity and will use these opportunities to strengthen your case. 

In Missouri, for example, state and local governments, including school districts, enjoy sovereign immunity from lawsuits with two very narrow exceptions. One can sue a Missouri government entity only when there is a claim related to:

  • The operation of an automobile.
  • A dangerous condition on premises owned by the government.

Efforts to characterize sexual predation by a school worker as a “dangerous condition” on the school grounds have been uniformly rejected by courts.

Our school sexual abuse lawyers employ strategic approaches to overcome the legal challenge of school immunity in cases of sexual abuse. Recognizing the complexities associated with pursuing legal action against educational institutions, our experienced legal team is well-versed in navigating the nuances of school immunity laws. We deploy comprehensive strategies that include thorough investigations, meticulous documentation of evidence, and leveraging relevant legal precedents to build a compelling case.

Our School Sexual Abuse Lawyers Strategically Overcome School Immunity

Schools enjoy what are called “immunities.”  Generally, government organizations are immune from lawsuits.  In short, they cannot be held legally responsible for the acts of their employees. State-based “immunity” can, and often does, shield schools from otherwise owed responsibility for their part in allowing abuse to occur at school. Our school sexual abuse lawyers understand exceptions to immunity and will use these opportunities to strengthen your case. 

In Missouri, for example, state and local governments, including school districts, enjoy sovereign immunity from lawsuits with two very narrow exceptions. One can sue a Missouri government entity only when there is a claim related to:

  • The operation of an automobile.
  • A dangerous condition on premises owned by the government.

Efforts to characterize sexual predation by a school worker as a “dangerous condition” on the school grounds have been uniformly rejected by courts.

Our school sexual abuse lawyers employ strategic approaches to overcome the legal challenge of school immunity in cases of sexual abuse. Recognizing the complexities associated with pursuing legal action against educational institutions, our experienced legal team is well-versed in navigating the nuances of school immunity laws. We deploy comprehensive strategies that include thorough investigations, meticulous documentation of evidence, and leveraging relevant legal precedents to build a compelling case.

Experience with Title IX Violations

Our school sexual abuse lawyers bring a depth of experience navigating and overcoming obstacles related to Title IX.  What Title IX and any effort to place legal responsibility on a school have in common is a hurdle known as “notice.”

  • One has to prove that the school had knowledge of the facts and circumstances that would have alerted the school to the acts of predation.
  • Actual notice by a school official is required.

The standards set forth in numerous court decisions create high hurdles to prove notice. Our firm utilizes effective strategies to overcome these obstacles. With over 100 years of combined experience, we are dedicated to providing support and compensation to our clients.

Call Monsees & Mayer today at (816) 361-5555 with any questions regarding your claim. We are here to help. 

How Your School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Will Help Win Your Case

Federal-based claims are not subject to the limitations, or immunities, afforded at the state level. Title IX is a federal claim that can be of great benefit to survivors of school sexual abuse. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 protects all students from sexual harassment or violence.

In general, a school can be held liable under Title IX if:

  1. It is an educational institution receiving federal funds.
  2. It had notice or knowledge of acts of sexual abuse.
  3. Actions taken sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile (or abusive) environment.
  4. The institution was deliberately indifferent in response to such knowledge.

Our school sexual abuse lawyers possess a wealth of expertise in handling cases related to Title IX violation claims, demonstrating a proven track record in holding educational institutions accountable for their actions. Whether advocating for victims of gender-based discrimination, addressing issues of sexual harassment or assault, or navigating through complexities within the Title IX framework, our lawyers are dedicated.

How Your School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Will Help Win Your Case

Federal-based claims are not subject to the limitations, or immunities, afforded at the state level. Title IX is a federal claim that can be of great benefit to survivors of school sexual abuse. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 protects all students from sexual harassment or violence.

In general, a school can be held liable under Title IX if:

  1. It is an educational institution receiving federal funds.
  2. It had notice or knowledge of acts of sexual abuse.
  3. Actions taken sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile (or abusive) environment.
  4. The institution was deliberately indifferent in response to such knowledge.

Our school sexual abuse lawyers possess a wealth of expertise in handling cases related to Title IX violation claims, demonstrating a proven track record in holding educational institutions accountable for their actions. Whether advocating for victims of gender-based discrimination, addressing issues of sexual harassment or assault, or navigating through complexities within the Title IX framework, our lawyers are dedicated.

Do You Have A Viable Claim For School Sexual Abuse?

With a proven track record of success, our dedicated school sexual abuse attorneys are committed to advocating for the rights of survivors. We ensure that viable claims result in fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological toll of school sexual abuse. If you have a viable claim, our experienced lawyers are ready to support you through every step of the legal process.

Other viable claims against schools may include one or a combination of the following:

  1. Violation of the Human Rights Act
  2. Denial of equal protection
  3. Invasion of privacy
  4. False imprisonment
  5. Intentional infliction of emotional distress

Do You Have A Viable Claim For School Sexual Abuse?

With a proven track record of success, our dedicated school sexual abuse attorneys are committed to advocating for the rights of survivors. We ensure that viable claims result in fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological toll of school sexual abuse. If you have a viable claim, our experienced lawyers are ready to support you through every step of the legal process.

Other viable claims against schools may include one or a combination of the following:

  1. Violation of the Human Rights Act
  2. Denial of equal protection
  3. Invasion of privacy
  4. False imprisonment
  5. Intentional infliction of emotional distress

Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions

How can I hold institutions or organizations accountable for failing to prevent or respond to sexual abuse?

Holding institutions or organizations who failed to prevent or respond to sexual abuse accountable is essential to help ensure justice, prevent future abuse, and protect survivors. It can be a complex and challenging process, but an experienced sexual abuse attorney can help assess your legal options. You may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the organization and obtain financial compensation for the survivor.

Your lawyer can help you gather evidence that shows the organization’s failure to prevent or respond to the abuse. Report the abuse to law enforcement agencies who may open an investigation. Some survivors and their advocates choose to speak out about the abuse and institutional failures. This can pressure institutions to take action and be more proactive in preventing and responding to abuse. You can also work with legislators and advocacy organizations to push for changes in laws and regulations holding institutions accountable.

How do I choose the right attorney to handle my sexual abuse case?

Sexual abuse cases are often emotionally challenging, so having the right legal support can make a significant difference.

Look for an attorney that specializes in sexual abuse cases and has experience handling them. Sexual abuse cases involve complex legal, emotional, and sensitive issues. Research attorneys by looking at their online reviews, legal directories, and bar associations. Schedule consultations with several attorneys for an opportunity to ask questions and assess how comfortable you feel with them.

In conclusion, trust your instincts. You should feel confident that the attorney is genuinely committed to advocating for your rights and best interests. Remember that you do not have to rush your decision. Take your time to find an attorney that is qualified and someone you feel comfortable working with.

What are my rights after a sexual assault incident?

As a victim/survivor of sexual assault, you have the right to safety, medical care and the option to report your abuse. In a civil claim, you have the right file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator. You can seek compensation for physical, emotional and/or mental trauma you experienced. This can include medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, etc. Victims and survivors also have the right to ask for privacy and confidentiality throughout the legal process if you choose.

Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions

How can I hold institutions or organizations accountable for failing to prevent or respond to sexual abuse?

Holding institutions or organizations who failed to prevent or respond to sexual abuse accountable is essential to help ensure justice, prevent future abuse, and protect survivors. It can be a complex and challenging process, but an experienced sexual abuse attorney can help assess your legal options. You may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the organization and obtain financial compensation for the survivor.

Your lawyer can help you gather evidence that shows the organization’s failure to prevent or respond to the abuse. Report the abuse to law enforcement agencies who may open an investigation. Some survivors and their advocates choose to speak out about the abuse and institutional failures. This can pressure institutions to take action and be more proactive in preventing and responding to abuse. You can also work with legislators and advocacy organizations to push for changes in laws and regulations holding institutions accountable.

How do I choose the right attorney to handle my sexual abuse case?

Sexual abuse cases are often emotionally challenging, so having the right legal support can make a significant difference.

Look for an attorney that specializes in sexual abuse cases and has experience handling them. Sexual abuse cases involve complex legal, emotional, and sensitive issues. Research attorneys by looking at their online reviews, legal directories, and bar associations. Schedule consultations with several attorneys for an opportunity to ask questions and assess how comfortable you feel with them.

In conclusion, trust your instincts. You should feel confident that the attorney is genuinely committed to advocating for your rights and best interests. Remember that you do not have to rush your decision. Take your time to find an attorney that is qualified and someone you feel comfortable working with.

What are my rights after a sexual assault incident?

As a victim/survivor of sexual assault, you have the right to safety, medical care and the option to report your abuse. In a civil claim, you have the right file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator. You can seek compensation for physical, emotional and/or mental trauma you experienced. This can include medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, etc. Victims and survivors also have the right to ask for privacy and confidentiality throughout the legal process if you choose.

Contact Our School Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Even attorneys with experience in handling sexual abuse cases may shy away from the substantial additional challenges presented by school cases. At Monsees & Mayer, we may take a critical look at such cases, but we do not balk at aggressively pursuing cases when children are victims at school.