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Court Rebuffs L.A. District on Verdict in Abuse Case
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.
Vol. 35, Issue 05, Page 5Published in Print: September 23, 2015, as Court Rebuffs L.A. District on Verdict in Abuse Case