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California's new statute of limitations for child sexual abuse is giving survivors more time to file in LA County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County and Riverside County. If you’ve been the victim of sexual assault or misconduct as a child and were previously barred from filing a claim due to the California statute of limitations, you may now be able to pursue action. As of January 2020, childhood sexual abuse survivors may file a claim no matter what their age is now or how long ago the abuse occurred. In addition, the courts are empowered to triple the damage awards when sexual abuse happened alongside an attempted or successful cover-up.

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This new law change has helped a prevalent problem in childhood sexual abuse cases. Many victims are children that need adequate time to understand they have been abused. Repeatedly, sexual violence can cause children to endure memory loss for decades before they remember and understand the trauma. If you were abused by a school district employee in Southern California, the experienced medical sexual assault attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi are here to help you.


Southern California school districts have faced numerous lawsuits over the decades for sexual abuse claims. As a result, from Los Angeles to San Diego, victims of sexual abuse are settling lawsuits with school districts that failed their students, costing taxpayers millions in the past seven years. The experienced school sexual abuse attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have recovered more than $300 million on behalf of their clients in these landmark cases:

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, Here to Help

We are California’s leading law firm representing victims of sexual abuse, harassment, and assaults by teachers, coaches, doctors, hospitals, and medical clinics. We have recovered more than $300 million in settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of children abused in schools. We are also the lead attorneys representing Olympic athletes and victims of former US Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team Doctor Larry Nassar and secured $880 million in settlements for our clients. We were the lead attorneys helping sexual abuse victims of former gynecologist George Tyndall recover $852 million from the University of Southern California. In each of these cases we have helped victims and families get justice by conducting a thorough investigation of the perpetrator and the organization that employed the preparator. We can keep the case 100 percent confidential and protect your identity if that is preferred. We also help take the necessary action to hold the abuser accountable, and any other party that knew about the abuse but did not disclose it. Call anytime to schedule your free confidential consultation with one of our attorneys or use our online contact form.

  • Los Angeles County- $262 million +: Los Angeles Unified School District settled  81 child sexual abuse claims resulting from the sexual abuse of students at Miramonte Elementary School by former teacher Mark Berndt for $142 Million. This is the largest child sex abuse settlement against any public school district in the United States. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi has settled cases against other schools within LAUSD and Torrance USD in excess of $120 million.
  • San Bernardino County- $42 Million: Redlands Unified school district in San Bernardino County has paid more than $42 million to former students claiming sexual abuse by teachers since 2016. Alleged perpetrators include Kevin Kirkland, Laura Whitehurst, Brian Townsley, and Joel Koonce.
  • Orange County- $14 Million +12 female  Orange County water polo players settled a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a high school coach for $13.85 million.  A 16-year-old Valley High School student in Santa Ana was allegedly sexually abused by her sociology teacher nearly four decades ago. This was filed under California's AB 218 three-year lookback window and settled recently for seven figures.
  • San Diego County- $3.6 Million: The prestigious private Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad has settled cases on behalf of 3 former cadets who alleged sexual abuse by the school’s headmaster and staff. Other cases are pending.

Were you sexually abused in a Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Camp?

Southern California Public School Abuse

Los Angeles County probation officers are responsible for protecting 3,000 youths in 21 halls and camps in one of the nation’s largest juvenile justice systems. During the past two decades, these facilities have been riddled with accusations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and rape of children by officers and employees. The victims have included boys and girls and the abusers include men and women.

A lawsuit recently filed by Manly, Stewart & Finaldi alleges that no fewer than 10 probation officers and staff members subjected 19 vulnerable female detainees to sexual abuse, harassment, and rape throughout their confinement at Camp Joseph Scott. The abuse referenced in this lawsuit took place from 1996 through 2001.

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