SACRAMENTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (916) 233-7346
Providing representation to victims of School/Teacher/Counselor/Coach sexual assault, clergy/pastor/church/priest childhood sexual abuse, Boy Scouts sexual abuse, and other institutional actor abuse matters in Sacramento County CA.
Children are the most vulnerable victims of sexual abuse. About 22% of all sexual abuse cases involving child victims in California occur in Sacramento. In 2019, more than 21,000 children were reported victims of sexual or physical abuse. The true number is unknown, as many cases are never reported.
Members of certain professions are required to report child sexual abuse to law enforcement agencies when they become aware of it. Teachers, social workers, and police officers must report child abuse. Clergy members must report abuse committed by the clergy. Abuse nevertheless goes unreported, particularly when members of institutions (such as schools and churches) choose to protect the abuser rather than the child.
Getting Help for Child Sexual Abuse in Sacramento
Our law office encourages parents to obtain professional help for children who have been sexually abused. WEAVE operates Sacramento County's 24/7 Sexual Assault Response Team. It offers safety planning and group or individual counseling for child sexual assault victims.
The Sacramento Police Department is the starting point for reporting acts of child sexual assault that occur within Sacramento's city limits. In surrounding communities, reports should be made to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Legal Liability for Child Sexual Abuse in Sacramento
Legal advice for sexual abuse victims is available from Sacramento School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Michael Rehm. Attorney Rehm litigates child sexual abuse cases and can advise victims and their parents or guardians about legal remedies that are available against individual and institutional abusers.
Abusers can and should be arrested and punished when they sexually assault a child. While individuals are legally liable for the harm they cause, many abusers exhaust their assets defending themselves in court and lose their ability to earn more income after they are convicted. Still, lawsuits can sometimes produce effective remedies against individual abusers. Our lawyers can investigate the likelihood that a sexual abuser will have sufficient assets to cover the expense of a lawsuit.
Institutional Child Abusers in Sacramento
Institutional abusers are usually in a stronger position to pay judgments and negotiate settlements. Institutions are liable for child sexual abuse in Sacramento when their negligence contributed to the abuse. Institutions might be negligent because they failed to screen abusive employees before hiring them. Institutions are also negligent when they fail to supervise employees and when they ignore evidence that a young person has been subjected to sexual abuse by an employee.
Examples of institutions that may be held liable for child sexual abuse include:
- Schools that fail to prevent abuse by teachers, staff members, and other students.
- School sports, including sexual abuse by coaches.
- Religious organizations and churches when members of the clergy perpetrate abuse.
- Athletic programs, such as Little League, who fail to prevent sexual abuse by coaches and other players.
- Youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, when abuse is perpetrated by Scoutmasters and other volunteers.
- Residential programs, including group homes, foster homes, and treatment centers when social workers fail to protect children from abuse after making a placement.
- Community programs for children that are sponsored by community centers and other organizations.
Institutions can be held responsible for all harm caused by their negligence, including emotional distress, anguish, depression, loss of self-esteem, and the cost of past and future mental health treatment.
For more information on who to sue, and how, call Attorney Michael Rehm at (916) 233-7346 for a free, confidential consultation and have your voice heard.
Elk Grove CA SCHOOL SEXUAL ABUSE ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (916) 233-7346
Serving all of Sacramento County California, including, Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Galt, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Isleton, Antelope, Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Courtland, Fair Oaks, Elverta, Florin, Franklin, Freeport, Hood, Clarksburg, Gold River, Fruitridge, Land Park, La Rivera, Mather, Meadowview, Lemon Hill, North Highlands, Orangevale, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda, Rosemont, Walnut Grove, and Wilton CA.