If you were molested by your teacher, it is important to know that you are not to blame, and you are not alone. And there are things you can do to protect yourself, hold your abuser liable, and make sure it does not happen to you or another student again.
What Should I Do if I Was Molested by a Teacher?
The first thing you should do is confide in an adult you trust. That could be a parent, a friend’s parents, your guidance counselor, a religious leader, or even another teacher at your school. You could also call the police.
The important thing is that you tell someone. You will not get in trouble and no one will blame you or be mad about what happened. By telling someone, you might even save another kid from being molested by that same teacher.
Once you have spoken with a trusted adult and received the medical and emotional care you need, call the team at Edwards Pottinger LLC.
A lawyer who works with children and teens who have been molested by a teacher will know exactly how to protect you. A lawyer can be your most trusted ally if someone harmed you.
Understanding Molestation and Sexual Abuse by an Adult
Are you wondering if what your teacher did to you was really molestation or sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse can be anything from making crude comments to grabbing or touching you inappropriately. Here are some things that the law says are molestation or sexual abuse when a teacher (or any other adult) does them:
Telling dirty jokes or stories
Showing you pornography
Peeping in restrooms or locker rooms
Grabbing or touching in a sexual way
Exposing themselves to you
Sometimes a sex abuser can be subtler. A teacher might threaten you with a bad grade, or offer a better grade in exchange for something. Even if you agreed to go along with it, that teacher still molested you — and you are a victim.
Both men and women teachers can molest their students, and either one could molest a male or female student.
The best guideline to use is your gut. If a teacher says or does anything — or asks you to do anything — that feels wrong, it probably is. And you should confide in someone who can help you as soon as possible.
How Much Does a Sex Abuse Lawyer Cost?
Talking to a lawyer about what happened will not cost you (or your parents) anything.
Many lawyers provide free consultations, especially to victims of sexual abuse, so you can ask questions and figure out what to do. Your lawyer can explain your options and help you make the right decisions to protect yourself.
Why Do Many Students Not Come Forward About Molestation?
Sexual abuse by teachers is far too common. Unfortunately, most kids do not tell anyone because they are afraid. Sometimes their teacher threatens them to keep them from talking to anyone.
The main reasons that kids do not tell anyone when a teacher molests them are that:
They fear no one will believe them.
They worry about getting their teacher in trouble.
They are ashamed.
Their teacher threatened to hurt them or their family.
Their fear their parents might get in trouble.
While these feelings are valid, none of those things will happen to you if you confide in someone.
So, find someone you trust right now and ask for help.
What Should I Do If My Child Discloses Sexual Abuse from a Teacher?
If your child reports sexual abuse from a teacher, it can feel as though your entire life has been upended. Here is a step-by-step guide to handle the situation.
The first thing you need to do is believe him or her.
Get him or her the help s/he needs, both physically and emotionally.
Report the teacher to the school and the police.
Call Edwards Pottinger LLC to discuss holding the abuser liable.
How Can You Find a Sexual Abuse Lawyer to Help You?
You might be scared or hesitant to call a lawyer if a teacher molested you or your child, but you have no reason to feel this way. Some lawyers even dedicate their lives to helping kids who have been molested by adults.
In Florida, the law firm of Edwards Pottinger LLC has lawyers who do just that.
Do not feel as though you are in this alone. If you or your child was molested by a teacher, call us right now for help: 954-524-2820.