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Victims Who’ve Suffered From Sexual Abuse at MacLaren Hall Children’s Center–and the Families That Suffered With Them–May Be Able To Seek Both Justice And Compensation

Victims Who’ve Suffered From Sexual Abuse at MacLaren Hall Children’s Center–and the Families That Suffered With Them–May Be Able To Seek Both Justice And Compensation

The families of children subjected to unreported sexual abuse at Los Angeles’ MacLaren Children’s Center are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation.

 

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The Reasons Why Sexual Abuse in California Public and Private Schools Like MacLaren Hall Goes Largely Unreported

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The extent of the problem in America’s schools is impossible to quantify because no national database tracks instances of sexual abuse of students by employees in K-12 public or private schools.

But evidence, based on the pages of newspapers and online news sites across the country, suggests something close to an epidemic.

California school administrators, teachers, and staff are lawfully required to alert authorities to suspicions about sexual abuse of underage students.

But in school districts across Southern California, some educators are ignoring that duty, choosing to keep things quiet rather than “ruin lives” of co-workers and suffer the mark of bad publicity.

As a result, victims of sexual abuse are settling lawsuits with school districts that failed their students, costing taxpayers more than $313 million in the past seven years.

Here are just a few alarming statistics connecting sexual misconduct to California public and private schools.

  • Locations of sexual abuse against students include at school or during school events (53%), outside of school (53%), and online (19%).
  • Positions that are typically perpetrators of sexual abuse include general education teachers (68%), coaches (21%), and music/art teachers (9%).
  • The perpetrators are typically male (67%), white (78%), with an average age of 36 years old.
  • 1 in 10 students will experience sexual misconduct from a school official by the time they graduate from high school.

The Southern California News Group studied nearly 1,900 pages of documents and more than 100 hours of recorded police interviews to reveal a more than decade-long pattern of covered sex abuse allegations.

Recent Notable Sexual Abuse Case Details Against MacLaren Children’s Center

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MacLaren Hall, also called Mac Hall, was an institution for children that closed in disgrace In 2003 as some of its former inhabitants began speaking out about sexual abuse at the facility.

In 2003, it closed in disgrace, and some of its former inhabitants began speaking out about sexual abuse at the facility.

McLaren began housing over 4,000 children and non-delinquent minors at its peak.

Children frequently ran away, violence was common, and the facility was notoriously overcrowded.

Many reports by former residents of over-medication, beatings, restraints, confinement to a small punishment room, rape, and other forms of sexual assault make Mac Hall a supposedly dangerous and traumatizing place.

Two women, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 in a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles county, are now 54 and 61 years old, respectively–they allege that while housed at MacLaren they were subjected to forced vaginal intercourse, oral sex, digital penetration, groping and other sexual abuses.

Maclaren Hall finally shut down when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Los Angeles County for failing to provide sufficient medical care for the children, including:

  • Children either received no appropriate treatment or only treatment one hour a week
  • Lack of proper training for Maclaren Hall staff and other social workers
  • Treated as a semi-permanent rather than temporary housing facility
  • Favoring saving money over the best interests of children
  • Merely documenting mental health needs of rather than providing the needed care

The Shield Case Justice team believes that childhood victims of sexual abuse and the families that suffered as well should be able to address Maclaren Hall Children’s Center and get compensation and justice.

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