Studies have shown that as many as 83 percent of girls and 79 percent of boys are subjected to sexual harassment at some time in their school careers, and millions of students are also the victims of school violence and bullying. School violence, including sexual harassment and/or abuse, interferes with a child's ability to learn and can have lasting effects on their emotional and social development.
There are Federal laws, including Title IX and Section 1983, New York State and New York City laws that require schools to supervise their students, respond to known threats against students, take prompt and energetic action to stop assaults when they occur, investigate and take appropriate measures for all complaints of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence. The laws also prohibit schools from retaliating against students who file complaints of sexual discrimination.
MADELINE BRYER can help you protect these rights. MADELINE is an attorney and licensed master social worker with 20 years of experience litigating issues of victims' rights, sexual harassment and abuse. She has obtained recoveries for students who were sexually abused by teachers, as well as those who were sexually harassed or abused by fellow students. MADELINE offers free consultations to those who suffer from school violence or improper sexual conduct. As a crime victim herself and a social worker, MADELINE will handle every aspect of the case, from intake through settlement or trial, with the greatest sensitivity to the student. She will take every legal measure to protect your privacy throughout the litigation process and to obtain the best possible outcome.
It is important to consult with an attorney quickly because many claims against the public schools must be asserted within 90 days. If you believe that you or your child has been the victim of violence, sexual harassment or sexual abuse in school, call MADELINE BRYER at (212) 370-0630 or use the e-mail box on the left side of this page.