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The research is alarming: Special needs children are frequently victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse in school. The culprits? Other students. Inadequate supervision and training contribute to unsafe environments where vulnerable students fall through the cracks. Learn more about why abuse happens and how schools can be held accountable.

The research is alarming: Special needs children are frequently victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse in school. The culprits? Other students. Inadequate supervision and training contribute to unsafe environments where vulnerable students fall through the cracks. Learn more about why abuse happens and how schools can be held accountable.

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Who Is Watching: When Gaps In Supervision And Training Lead To Abuse At School

  1. 1. WhoIs Watching? When Gaps in Supervision and Training Lead to Abuse at School PRESENTED BY
  2. 2. EveryChildDeserves A MeaningfulEducation InASafe,Appropriate Environment. But for vulnerable children with special needs, their safety is often compromised in frightening ways.
  3. 3. TheAlarmingStatistic: Children with disabilities are 3x more likely* to experience sexual abuse.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. WHATKindsOf AbuseDoChildren WithSpecialNeeds Suffer? • Bullying • Verbal and emotional abuse • Assault and physical harm • Sexual assault and rape
  6. 6. WHOAreThe Perpetrators? • In most cases, it’s not teachers, aides or other adults who commit abuse. • Rather, the culprits are other students.
  7. 7. WHYDoesAbuseHappen? • Inadequate supervision • Neglect • Lack of staff training • Low standards for credentials (among teachers’ aides, etc.) • Insufficient staff-to-student ratio
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. HOWDoYouKnowYourSpecialNeeds Child IsSufferingFromNeglect OrAbuse? Common warning signs: • Physical injuries (bruises, etc.) • Frequent, suspicious or unexplained “accidents” • Personality changes • Social withdrawal • Behavioral outbursts • Depression
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. ConsiderLegalAction (inconsultationwithanattorney) Options might include: • Lawsuit • Mediation • Changes to your child’s IEP (individualized education plan) • Policy and legislative advocacy
  12. 12. 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 f VISIT US ON SOCIAL MEDIA l t

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