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Teacher Student Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Despite increased awareness, sex abuse remains a serious national problem. Nearly one million children are victims of abuse each year, and about 120,000 are victims of sexual abuse.
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There will always be an imbalance of power in a teacher-student relationship. For this reason, there are special laws to protect students from sexual abuse at the hands of teachers. It is illegal for a teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student. Schools are required to report incidents of sexual abuse of students by teachers, coaches, counselors, youth ministers, and other school district employees.

Sexual Abuse: A National Epidemic

Despite increased awareness, sex abuse remains a serious national problem. Nearly one million children are victims of abuse each year, and about 120,000 are victims of sexual abuse. The vast majority of those cases go unreported.

Sadly, the biggest defense to claims of sexual abuse is the passage of time. Sex abuse victims are often hesitant to report the crime of sexual abuse and assault or sexual exploitation out of a sense of shame. For many of the same reasons, sex abuse victims are often reluctant to contact an attorney.

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is legally defined as any type of unwanted (non-consensual) sexual touching. This can include a very wide range of acts from touching someone’s private areas to forcible rape. There are 2 primary elements that must be present for sexual abuse to occur: (1) sexual intent, and (2) lack of consent.

Sexual abuse must be performed with sexual intent in mind, which means sexual touching intentionally done for sexual gratification or arousal. Intent is the key here. If someone accidentally touches private parts in a crowded elevator there is no intent, and it is not sexual battery.

The second element is the lack of consent. Any minor under the age of 18 cannot consent to sexual touching.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations, or “SOL,” for filing a sexual abuse lawsuit varies on a state-by-state basis. Some states have short Sols of 2 years or less. Other states have longer limitations of 4 years or more. The applicable deadline for filing a sexual assault lawsuit will also depend on whether the victim is an adult or a minor at the time the offense takes place.

Many states have recently passed new laws that significantly extend the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits involving childhood sexual abuse. Several states, including Maryland, have eliminated the SOL for child sex abuse civil lawsuits.

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