Sex Abuse Involving Children
Local, state and federal government bodies have certain duties when it comes to overseeing the law, running their jurisdiction and hiring capable people to keep the government going. In some cases, however, the wrong people are able to get into positions of power, and this can increase the risk that a government body or official will:
- Not properly supervise the hiring process for employees like teachers or administrators who may have a history of sexually abusing children
- Not recognize clear signs that its employees are abusing children
- Not heed warnings or conduct appropriate investigations when reports of child sex abuse are officially filed or come to light
- Not take the necessary action to remove sexual predators from their jobs, prosecute them through the criminal courts and prevent them from being able to abuse more children.
When a government body’s failure to supervise its employees or processes plays a role in a child sex abuse case, families of the abuse survivors can go after the negligent government agency (or agencies) to:
- Hold them accountable for their role in protecting or enabling child sex abusers.
- Seek compensation for the profound injuries inflicted on abuse survivors.
- Shed light on the failure to supervise in the hopes that changes will be made in order to stop the cycle of child sex abuse.
Government Officials Who May Be Targeted for Their Failure to Supervise
Some of the specific government officials and/or employees who may be named as negligent parties in child sex abuse lawsuits if and when their failure to supervise has led to the sexual abuse of a child can include (but are not limited to):
- Police officers and/or other law enforcement officials
- Social workers
- Public school teachers, administrators and/or school district officials
- Psychologists, doctors, nurses and/or other medical professionals who work for the government (in, for instance, public health departments).
The Trusted Portland Child Sex Abuse Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
If your child has been sexually abused and you believe that a government employee’s failure to supervise may have contributed to the instance of (or ongoing) abuse, the Portland child sex abuse attorneys at the Savage Law Firm want you to know that:
- We are ready to aggressively defend your child’s rights
- We are serious about holding abusers and the officials who have enabled them accountable both inside and outside of the courtroom.
- We will work tirelessly to help abuse survivors obtain the justice they need and the compensation they deserve.
Since 1977, our attorneys have been strong advocates for childhood sex abuse survivors, and we have a proven track record of success when it comes to going up against corporate lawyers and others to get justice for our clients.
Although we understand that no amount of money can ever make up for childhood sexual abuse, we also know that helping abuse survivors obtain compensation from their abusers and the government agencies that may have protected them can be crucial to their recovery and future.
Contact Us Today for More Information about Your Rights
Our experienced, compassionate Portland child sex abuse attorneys encourage you to learn more about your rights and how we can help you by attending a free, no obligations initial consult.
Call us at 503-222-0200 (in Portland) or at 206-957-7272 (in Seattle). You can also email us using the form on this page. We represent clients in Oregon and Washington from our offices in Portland and Seattle.