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June 27th, 2013

Can a school in New Jersey be held liable for sex abuse?

Yes, under New Jersey law, schools may be held liable for concealing or otherwise failing to stop sex abuse of a student. Whether by a teacher, coach, principal, etc., schools may be liable in a civil sex abuse court case. The student-victim may be able to receive financial compensation from the school for its negligence in failing to protect the student.

In addition, the New Jersey Child Sex Abuse Act applies a different statute of limitations standard in any child sex abuse case which is usually two years from the date of the incident. In New Jersey, victims of child sex abuse may be able to bring civil claims against the responsible parties, in addition to the criminal perpetrator, well over two years after the acts of abuse occurred. The Child Sex Abuse Act allows a victim of child sex abuse to file a civil claim within two years of reasonably discovering that they suffered harm from the abuse. Read more about New Jersey’s Child Sex Abuse Act in the context of a school sex abuse case.

School sex abuse claims are very complex and should be reviewed by a sex abuse lawyer. Other issues such as suits against government/public schools must be considered. Therefore, it is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

Related Legal Article: New Jersey Child Sex Abuse in Schools – The Statute of Limitations

New Jersey School Sex Abuse Lawyers – Representation by a Former Sex Crimes Unit Prosecutor

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