When sexual abuse at school occurs, the hurt, anger, and betrayal is immeasurable and can leave you feeling vulnerable and helpless.
If you or a loved one was abused at school, you have options...
School should be a safe place for children. Parents and students alike place implicit trust in the teachers, coaches, and school administration.
When sexual abuse occurs, it means those responsible failed to protect their students and the effects of this failure can impact the entire course of a child's life.
Our compassionate Utah-based personal injury attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can stand by you during your case and help you hold those who hurt you responsible for their actions.
We understand how difficult the decision to pursue a child sexual abuse case is. Our team can handle every aspect of your case to protect your privacy and help you achieve a positive outcome.
Statistics show that in about 60 percent of child sexual abuse cases, the abuser is someone the family knows and trusts. Often, this individual is in a position of authority, such as a teacher or coach.
In many cases, schools ignore or fail to properly address signs of sexual abuse, betraying the trust placed in them by parents.
In these types of cases, anyone in a position to prevent the abuse may be held liable for failing to protect those in their charge.
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Deciding whether or not to file a child sexual abuse lawsuit is incredibly personal. No one can make this decision for you. There are major emotional and practical aspects to consider.
Filing a lawsuit means revisiting painful memories. For many survivors of sexual abuse, the idea of telling their story in court is daunting, no matter how many years have passed.
You may worry about opening up a very traumatic time in your life to others or about the cost of undergoing a civil lawsuit.
In many cases, however, a lawsuit can draw attention to the actions of a particular individual, protecting others from the suffering the same fate. Shining a light on abuse can also help others come forward and work to prevent further wrongdoing.
Our initial case consultations are free of charge and there are no upfront fees for hiring one of our attorneys.
If you do decide to pursue a lawsuit, our team will be with you every step of the way and will work tirelessly to ensure a positive outcome to your case.
The state of Utah recently revised their statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases.
Instead of four years, the statute of limitations is now 35 years after your 18th birthday.
This change gives survivors more time to bring their cases forward and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.
We recognize that no amount of compensation can completely heal the trauma of sexual abuse. However, a civil lawsuit can help you find a degree of justice.
These types of cases also offer the opportunity to bring the wrongdoings of an individual to light and may go a long way to prevent the same thing from happening to another vulnerable child.
If you or a loved one were abused, you need a strong team behind you. Together, our attorneys have spent over 50 years representing residents of Utah.
You can get in touch with our compassionate and dedicated attorneys online or toll-free at (800) 898-4878.