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WhoIs
Watching?
When Gaps in Supervision and
Training Lead to Abuse at School
PRESENTED BY
EveryChildDeserves A
MeaningfulEducation
InASafe,Appropriate
Environment.
But for vulnerable children with special needs, their safety is often
compromised in frightening ways.
TheAlarmingStatistic:
Children with disabilities are 3x more likely* to experience sexual abuse.
InThisPresentation,
We’llExamine:
• What kinds of abuse are most prevalent
• Who are the perpetrators
• Why this abuse happens
• Where it happens
• How to know it’s happening, and
• What to do about it
WHATKindsOf
AbuseDoChildren
WithSpecialNeeds
Suffer?
• Bullying
• Verbal and emotional abuse
• Assault and physical harm
• Sexual assault and rape
WHOAreThe
Perpetrators?
• In most cases, it’s not teachers, aides
or other adults who commit abuse.
• Rather, the culprits are other
students.
WHYDoesAbuseHappen?
• Inadequate supervision
• Neglect
• Lack of staff training
• Low standards for credentials (among teachers’ aides, etc.)
• Insufficient staff-to-student ratio
WHEREDoesItHappen?
• Public schools
• Private schools (some of which are for-profit)
• School buses
Transportation is a major risk for special needs students across
Southern California. School buses are often crowded and
chaotic, with numerous distractions and inadequate
supervision.
HOWDoYouKnowYourSpecialNeeds
Child IsSufferingFromNeglect OrAbuse?
Common warning signs:
• Physical injuries (bruises, etc.)
• Frequent, suspicious or
unexplained “accidents”
• Personality changes
• Social withdrawal
• Behavioral outbursts
• Depression
WHATCanYouDoAboutIt?
• Seek immediate treatment – medical evaluation, counselor/therapist
• Submit written complaint – to school, include everyone involved in IEP
• Document everything in writing – build a record
• Reach out to other parents – see if troubling patterns are unfolding
• Speak with an attorney – find a trusted lawyer who handles abuse cases
ConsiderLegalAction
(inconsultationwithanattorney)
Options might include:
• Lawsuit
• Mediation
• Changes to your child’s IEP (individualized education plan)
• Policy and legislative advocacy
LearnMore
Reach out to Ramey Law, P.C.:
Read our free white paper on this
important topic or contact us
online.
We are committed to fighting for
justice on behalf of children with
special needs.
© 2020 Ramey Law P.C. All rights reserved.
Design and editorial services by Super Lawyers,
part of Thomson Reuters.
*SOURCE:
Vera Institute of Justice, “Sexual Abuse of Children
with Disabilities: A National Snapshot” (March 2013),
http://www.ncdsv.org/images/Vera_Sexual-abuseof-
children-with-disabilities-national-snapshot_3-
2013.pdf
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Who Is Watching: When Gaps In Supervision And Training Lead To Abuse At School