According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the facts about sexual assault in high schools include:
- 6.7% of high school students reported being forced to have sexual intercourse.
- Sexual assault against young people most often occurs in a place where they spend a lot of time, such as their school.
- Of young adults aged 12-18, 10 million girls and 791,000 boys experienced sexual violence such as rape or attempted rape.
If you or someone you loved faced sexual assault in a high school or another institution, you may have grounds to file a civil case against your abuser. A Las Vegas sexual abuse lawyer can help you pursue compensation and hold the liable party accountable for their wrongdoing.
Sexual Assault Is Common Among High School-Aged Teenagers
The unfortunate truth is that many sexual abuse and assault victims are 18 years old or younger. However, being aware of the facts about sexual assaults in high school-aged students is essential, as it allows us to work toward prevention.
Per Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) statistics:
- One out of nine girls under 18 years old have experienced sexual abuse or assault
- Most sexual violence victims under the age of 18 are female
- One in 20 boys under age 18 have experienced sexual violence
- Most victims of child sexual abuse know the person who harmed them
According to the NSVRC, teens who are sexually assaulted may experience trouble with their mental health, such as:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anxiety and depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Disordered eating
If you or someone you love experienced sexual violence as a high school student, you can partner with a personal injury lawyer to pursue justice against your abuser.
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Legal Options for Survivors of High School Sexual Assault
You can take legal action for sexual abuse whether you are in high school now or you were assaulted years ago as a teenager. In Nevada, NRS § 11.215 states that you may have as many as 20 years to submit a civil lawsuit for sexual assault if you were under 18 when it occurred.
In Washington State, however, you may have less time to submit a case. RCW § 4.16.340 states you generally have three years to submit your case if you were 18 or older when it happened. If you were not yet 18, you typically have three years from the day of your 18th birthday to submit your case.
Analyzing the laws that apply to your case is not easy to do on your own. A personal injury attorney can explain how the laws in your state work to help you file your case.
Parties That May Be Responsible for High School Sexual Assault
It isn’t easy to recount or discuss the details of your sexual assault. This is why many survivors decide to hire an attorney. They will do all the case investigations, allowing you to spend time with your loved ones and care for your physical and mental health.
As part of your case investigation, your legal team must identify who is responsible for the assault.
Potentially liable parties include:
- A fellow student
- A teacher or school official
- Another member of the school staff, such as a coach, assistant teacher, or school administrator
- A bus driver
Your attorney can collect evidence to prove the liable party should be held accountable for your damages. Surveillance footage, eyewitness accounts, your medical records, and the police report may be valuable additions to your case file.
Damages You Can Recover as a Survivor of Sexual Assault
Although a financial settlement may be the last thing on your mind in the aftermath of sexual assault, the money you recover can significantly benefit your journey to recovery. Depending on the details of your case, you can recover economic and non-economic damages to pay for expenses like:
- Your medical bills. Any expenses you incurred because of the sexual assault may be recovered. This includes the costs of doctor’s appointments, medications you were prescribed, hospital stays, and more.
- Your physical pain and suffering. Any physical injuries you incurred may not have a direct financial value, but you can still receive compensation for them.
- Mental anguish. As many sexual assault survivors suffer from anxiety and depression, you could demand payment for any mental health issues you are now experiencing. The costs of your mental health therapy could also be covered.
- Loss of life enjoyment, especially if you can no longer enjoy the hobbies and activities you could before the sexual assault incident.
Your lawyer can explain the damages you can demand from the at-fault party.
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Signs That a Loved One May Be Experiencing Sexual Assault or Abuse in Their High School
Many sexual abuse or assault survivors do not want to come forward about the incident. They may feel uncomfortable talking about their situation, especially if they know the person who assaulted them.
If you notice any of the following signs in a high school student you know, you might want to talk to them or direct them to resources for survivors of sexual abuse:
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Substance abuse
- Lack of hygiene
- Declining grades
- Signs of depression like lack of energy or excessive sleeping
- Withdraw from usual social activities
- Bruising or other unexplained injuries
Though it isn’t easy, speaking to your child or another high schooler you love could help keep them safe.
Contact Van Law Firm to Take Legal Action Against High School Sexual Assault
If you or someone you know endured high school sexual assault, you may want to consider working with a personal injury law firm. Van Law Firm offers legal guidance to anyone who has suffered sexual violence.
We provide free initial consultations to all our prospective clients. When you call us today, we can explain more about your legal options and help you get started on your case.
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