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Underaged Victims Who’ve Suffered From Sexual Abuse at Maclaren Hall Children’s Center–and the Families That Suffered Along With Them–Are Urged To Seek Justice And Compensation

Underaged Victims Who’ve Suffered From Sexual Abuse at Maclaren Hall Children’s Center–and the Families That Suffered Along With Them–Are Urged To Seek Justice And Compensation

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

 

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

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

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

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

And because of that decision, underaged victims of sexual abuse are settling lawsuits with school districts that has costed 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.

  • 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.
  • Locations of sexual abuse against students include at school or during school events (53%), outside of school (53%), and online (19%).

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 and Notable Sexual Abuse Case Details Against Maclaren Hall Children’s Center

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MacLaren Hall, also called Mac Hall, was an institution for children in Los Angeles, California that housed over 4,000 juvenile children and non-delinquent minors.

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

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:

  • 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
  • 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

The USA Assistance 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 the compensation and justice.

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