Published Online: September 21, 2015
Published in Print: September 23, 2015, as Court Rebuffs L.A. District on Verdict in Abuse Case

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Court Rebuffs L.A. District on Verdict in Abuse Case

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The Los Angeles school district was wrong when it argued that a 14-year-old girl shared responsibility for sexual abuse by a teacher because she consented to the sex, a California appeals court said last week, overturning a jury verdict in favor of the district.

Lawyers and advocates for sexual-abuse victims had said the legal tactic the district used was surprising.

As a minor, the girl was a crime victim even if she agreed to the sex, and crime victims cannot be held responsible for the harm they suffer, the court ruled.

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