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Court: Teen cannot be held responsible for sex with teacher

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 18, 2015

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 Wednesday, overturning a jury verdict in favor of the district.

Lawyers and advocates for sexual abuse victims had said the legal tactic used by the district was surprising, and the appeals court seemed to agree in its ruling.

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, a division of the 2nd District Court of Appeal said.

Read the whole story at Mercury News


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