Cherry Hill, NJ asked in Personal Injury and Sexual Harassment for New Jersey

Q: Can I sue my school for negligence when dealing with sexual assault between 2 students, even if it's been over 3 years?

During middle school (approx. 4 years ago. When I was 14), I reported to my guidance counselor that another student in my grade had sexually assaulted me during class. I was told to go back to class after further discussion that the story needed to be "investigated." But since I had a history of lying, my report was dismissed. I was also berated for complaining since I could have "ruined" the young man's life and that it was somehow my fault. However, a formal complaint was finally taken after three others girls came forward to complain about the same student. The police were called by my father that afternoon when I came home from school, after I had informed him of what happened. The student was never charged officially, but had originally been brought up on charges of indecent exposure. He was soon dismissed from The school after the police investigation ended.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Yes. Sounds like you are 18 so you still have time. Contact a member of the NJ Assn for Justice who handles School liability cases. They give free consultations. Do it now.

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