My child was sexually assaulted at school in Houston. What are my legal options?

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I am so sorry to hear about your child’s experience. Sexual abuse can be completely devastating, and can have a lifelong effect not only on the victim, but also on the victim’s family. It’s very common for the victim of sexual assault to be a child, and the perpetrator to be someone in a position of power over the victim. If that occurs, the victim has the right to hold the individuals and the organization involved accountable for the abuse.

Unfortunately, sexual abuse is far from common. Although numbers vary, studies show that about a third of girls and a fifth of boys will become victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse by the time they reach adulthood. Perpetrators very rarely victimize only one person – they typically abuse a number of people over time. Sexual assault victims often react very differently to the abuse. Some immediately call the police or tell a family member, while others change their behavior or withdraw. Many can face anger or pain for a lifetime over what happened.

Sexual abuse in schools is very tragic but not uncommon. School sexual abuse can be prevented with the proper screenings, as well as education of students and employees. If a school district acts swiftly after abuse has happened, it’s less likely to happen again. If you are a parent of a child who has been sexually assaulted at school, you may choose to take legal action. Sexual abuse can have dramatic effects on children, and parents may wish to both provide compensation for future support for their children, as well as to punish the school as well as to prevent it from happening again with a lawsuit.

If your child has been the victim of sexual abuse or a sexual assault in the Houston area, you should investigate your legal rights against the perpetrator. It’s likely that the abuse has caused you months or years of pain, and you have a right to make the individual responsible face both civil and criminal charges. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today or visit us on Facebook to learn more.

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