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Justice and Healing for Survivors of School-Related Abuse in Maryland

With decades of experience, our dedicated legal team is committed to helping you regain your dignity, find healing, and hold responsible institutions accountable. Access a wealth of information and resources specifically designed to support survivors of school-related abuse and assist them in their journey toward justice and healing.



For years, the attorneys of Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn have advocated for survivors of school-related sexual abuse. We believe that every survivor deserves justice and empowerment to reclaim their lives. Our experienced legal team has extensive expertise in handling cases related to sexual abuse by teachers, coaches, and other school personnel, and we are committed to exposing the truth and holding institutions accountable.

Our legal team consists of compassionate and relentless professionals who work tirelessly to provide support and guidance to our clients throughout their journey. We understand the unique challenges and complexities of school-related abuse cases and have built a strong reputation for being the best in our field.

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher, coach, or any other employee of an educational institution, we are here to support you. Reach out to us confidentially today, and let our experienced team guide you on the path to justice and healing.

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Comprehensive Legal Services Tailored for Survivors

Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate legal services to survivors of school-related sexual abuse. With extensive experience and expertise in this area, our team understands these cases’ unique challenges and complexities.

We work diligently to ensure that survivors receive the justice they deserve while offering emotional support and guidance throughout the process. Our mission is to empower survivors by helping them regain their dignity, recover their power, and protect their identity.

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You can also reach us confidentially at (202) 792-7927. Nigh Goldenberg Raso and Vaughn is renowned as a leading law firm in representing survivors of sexual abuse across the nation.

If you are a survivor of school-related sexual abuse, we are here to support and assist you. Reach out to us confidentially today.

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Survivor Support: Empowerment, Healing, and Justice

At Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn, we understand that the journey to healing after surviving school-related sexual abuse is a deeply personal and challenging process.

Our Survivor Support section is dedicated to providing survivors with the resources, guidance, and compassionate care they need to reclaim their power and move forward with their lives. From emotional support to understanding your legal rights, our team is committed to standing by your side as you seek justice, healing, and a brighter future. We offer resources and information in: Emotional Support and Reporting, Finding Help and the Legal Process and Rights

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Emotional Support and Reporting Process

No, it is not too late. Thanks to new legislation signed by Gov. Wes Moore, Maryland has ended its statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits for child sexual abuse against institutions. This means that no matter when the abuse occurred, survivors now have the legal right to file a lawsuit seeking justice and compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation!

The end of the statute of limitations means that survivors of sexual abuse in schools can file a civil lawsuit against the responsible institutions, regardless of how much time has passed since the abuse. This is a significant shift that allows more survivors to seek justice and holds institutions accountable for past abuses.

Sexual abuse involves any sexual activity or behavior that occurs without explicit consent. This can include a wide range of actions, such as unwanted touching, comments, advances, or any form of sexual activity that makes the individual uncomfortable. It also includes situations where an individual is unable to give consent due to age, intoxication, or other circumstances.

Here are some signs that you might have experienced sexual abuse:

  1. Unwanted Sexual Touching: Any form of sexual touching that makes you uncomfortable or is done without your consent can be considered sexual abuse.

  2. Forced Sexual Activity: If you were forced or pressured into any form of sexual activity, this is a clear case of sexual abuse.

  3. Sexual Harassment: This can include inappropriate comments, jokes, gestures, or any other behavior of a sexual nature that makes you uncomfortable or creates a hostile environment.

  4. Exploitation: If someone uses power, manipulation, or coercion to engage in sexual activity, this is sexual abuse.

  5. Non-Contact Abuse: This can include being forced to watch or participate in pornography, voyeurism, or being subjected to sexual comments or advances.

If you’re unsure whether what you experienced was sexual abuse, consider seeking support from a trusted adult, a counselor, or a legal professional. You can also reach out to organizations like RAINN.

Long-term effects of sexual abuse in schools on survivors can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, dissociation, and physical health problems. It’s important to remember that each survivor’s experience is unique, and professional help is available to assist with recovery.

The prevalence of long-term sexual abuse in schools is difficult to measure due to underreporting. However, the new legislation should encourage more survivors to come forward and share their experiences. If you’re a survivor, know that you’re not alone and that help is available. Contact us today for a free consultation!

The process for reporting sexual abuse in schools may vary by location, but it typically involves the following steps:

  1. Immediate Safety: Ensure the safety of the survivor. If the survivor is in immediate danger, call the local authorities or police.

  2. Disclosure: Encourage the survivor to share their experience with a trusted adult. This could be a parent, guardian, teacher, counselor, or school official.

  3. Report to the School: Notify the school administration. Schools have a legal obligation to address sexual abuse incidents under Title IX, a federal law that protects students from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities.

  4. Contact Local Law Enforcement: Report the incident to the local law enforcement. They can conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations.

  5. Seek Legal and Mental Health Support: Consult a lawyer if you wish to explore legal actions against the perpetrator or institution. It’s also crucial to seek mental health support, such as therapy or counseling, to assist in the healing process.

  6. File a Lawsuit (if applicable): In light of recent legislation in Maryland, survivors can file a lawsuit against the institution involved regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.

Remember, the exact process may vary depending on local laws and regulations. It’s advisable to seek legal counsel to fully understand your rights and the best course of action.

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Finding Help and Additional Resources

Long-term survivors can seek justice by filing a civil lawsuit against the responsible institution. With the end of the statute of limitations in Maryland, survivors now have more opportunity to hold institutions accountable, no matter how much time has passed. It is advisable to seek legal counsel to understand your rights and the process involved.

There are many resources available to support long-term survivors, including therapy, support groups, and legal assistance. Organizations like RAINN offer hotlines and online resources to assist survivors in their healing journey. It’s never too late to seek help.

You can support a long-term survivor by believing their story, offering emotional support, and helping them access resources, such as therapy or legal assistance. Remember, it’s crucial to let them lead the process and make decisions at their own pace.

Society can help prevent sexual abuse in schools by promoting education and awareness about the issue, advocating for stronger laws and policies, and creating an environment where survivors feel safe to come forward. This includes understanding and respecting the rights of long-term survivors. For more information on prevention and advocacy, check out Darkness to Light.


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Legal Process and Rights

In many states, statutes of limitations have been extended or temporarily suspended, allowing survivors to pursue legal action regardless of when the abuse occurred. In Maryland, the Child Victims Act of 2023 has made significant changes to these laws. It’s crucial to consult with an attorney to understand your specific options.

Your legal rights as a survivor of sexual abuse vary by state. In Maryland, several laws protect survivors and allow for legal action. Our legal team at Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn can help you understand these rights, which may include pursuing compensation, holding responsible parties accountable, and maintaining your anonymity throughout the process. Contact us today for a free consultation!

Choosing a qualified law firm for your case is crucial. Look for a Maryland law firm with a strong track record in handling sexual abuse cases and a compassionate approach to survivor support. Our firm, Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn, is dedicated to helping survivors seek justice and healing. Contact us today for a free consultation!

During a legal consultation, you’ll discuss the details of your case with an attorney who will help you understand your options and next steps. Our consultations at Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn are confidential, supportive, and specifically tailored to meet the needs of survivors in Maryland. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation!

Filing a sexual abuse claim or lawsuit in Maryland involves several steps including gathering evidence, identifying responsible parties, and pursuing compensation for damages. Our experienced legal team at Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn will guide you through each step of the process.


As a survivor of sexual abuse, you have specific rights under Maryland law. These include the right to file a lawsuit against your abuser, the right to maintain anonymity in certain circumstances, and the right to seek damages for your suffering. It’s important to consult with a knowledgeable legal team, like ours at Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn, to understand and protect these rights.

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