Sexual Abuse

Protecting Students from School Sexual Abuse

Protecting Students from School Sexual Abuse

Sexual exploitation and abuse occurs in our schools at an alarming frequency. Students are extremely vulnerable to sexual predators who often groom victims in ways that may not be apparent to parents and school staff. PCVA’s Darrell Cochran explains what parents and...

Girl abused by foster parents receives settlement

Children are at the mercy of their adult caretakers, not only to provide them with food and shelter, but to give them the care, love and attention they need. Kids in the foster care system are particularly vulnerable, as they are moved from home to home.  In some...

What is non-physical sexual harassment?

Washington workers like you deserve a work environment free from harassment and discrimination. Many workplaces promise to keep workers safe from these occurrences. In reality, many do not live up to the task.  You may face sexual harassment while on the job. In some...

Who are mandatory reporters of child abuse?

Federal law requires every state to designate individuals who must report known or suspected child abuse.  The Child Welfare Information Gateway explains that in most states, members of specific professions must report child abuse.  Which professions have reporting...

The Importance of Legal Look-Back Windows

In the ongoing fight for justice on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse, few measures have been as impactful as laws that temporarily lift the civil statutes of limitation. Sex abuse is often so traumatic for children that they may not be able to talk about it...

Do statutes of limitations apply to child sex abuse claims?

Statutes of limitations for child sex abuse in Washington and throughout the U.S. vary depending on the jurisdiction.  A statute of limitations puts a time limit on your ability to file a civil claim or press criminal charges against someone who has committed child...