Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse of Children Against the Perpetrator and the Perpetrator’s Employer
Emotional scars from child sex abuse and molestation can last a lifetime. While perpetrators of child sex abuse can be punished through the criminal courts, victims can also file civil lawsuits for sexual assault and abuse of a child. In addition to suing the perpetrator, victims can hold schools and companies responsible for their negligent hiring and supervision of child molesters.
Child sex abuse victims can file claims for sexual harassment under Civil Code §51.9 if the abuser was the child’s teacher, coach, doctor, psychologist, or was otherwise in a professional relationship with the child. California laws allow for recovery of the victim’s attorneys’ fees for claims of sexual harassment pursuant to Civil Code §51.9 and also for civil claims brought against perpetrators that have been convicted of a felony pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure §1021.4.
If someone in your family has been sexually abused or molested, you should call an attorney right away to confidentially discuss the case.