Sexual Assault In Missouri Schools
The length of a school day has drastically increased in communities throughout Kansas and Missouri. Children often hop on school buses extremely early in the morning and are preoccupied by after-school activities and supplemental classes into the evening.
Parents expect for their children to be safe while in school, but sexual abuse by teachers and school staff is a disturbingly common occurrence. The legal team at Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., handles cases involving teacher and school misconduct. Our firm won a landmark bullycide case against one Missouri school district and has the resources to pursue even the most complicated sexual abuse injury cases against schools and teachers.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a teacher, call us at 888-353-0491 or send us an email to discuss your case. All of our consultations are free and we do not charge our clients legal fees unless we recover damages on their behalf.
Long-term Effects Of Teacher Molestation
Every student reacts differently to being abused by a teacher. According to the American Humane Association, children often display different behavioral changes depending on their age. Extremely young children often experience fear or excessive crying, sleep problems and bowel issues. The symptoms in older children may be associated with a variety of medical conditions and often require the intervention of a mental health professional.
Sexually abused elementary school students may exhibit behavioral changes including:
- Recurring fear of attack
- Stranger anxiety
- Fear of particular individuals
- Excessive masturbation
- Intense feelings of shame or guilt
- Withdrawal from friends or family
- Eating problems
- Victimization of others
Older students such as adolescents and teens may experience different behaviors after a sexual assault, including:
- Substance abuse
- Sleep issues
- Poor grades
- Sexual promiscuity
- Running away from home
- Suicidal behaviors
- Anger and control issues
- Early pregnancy or marriage
The consequences of a sexual assault often follow a student into adulthood and prevent a student from forming healthy relationships with others. Students who are sexually abused by their teachers are more likely to experience intimacy issues and are less likely to have healthy relationships as adults unless they receive treatment.
The American Psychological Association advises that counseling and support services are essential to helping a child recover from sexual abuse. One of the strongest predictors of a successful recovery is a high level of maternal and family support, as well as ongoing treatment.
Legal Representations For Sexually Assaulted Students
The Kansas City law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., represents families who have been sexually victimized by teachers and school administrative staff. We believe that most sexual assault in schools is the result of systemic breakdowns and that legal action is an effective way to ensure that more students do not continue to be victimized.
Since 1984, our attorneys have helped personal injury and abuse clients recover more than $1 billion in compensation. We have also driven changes at some of the largest organizations in the region to ensure that Missouri residents are not harmed by the negligence of others.
To arrange a free consultation about your teacher sex abuse case, contact us online or call 888-353-0491. Our attorneys handle sex abuse cases throughout the Midwest, including Kansas City, Wichita, Springfield and Columbia.