When reporting these acts, whether for yourself or your knowledge of abuse, all survivors’ cases are kept completely anonymous.
Child Abuse Lawsuits
While sexual predators first and foremost deserve the blame for their horrific actions, fault also lies with those mandatory reporters who are responsible for reporting child sexual abuse and yet choose to remain silent or take no action.
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse
Schools, churches, summer camps and other persons and organizations vested with the care of our children must, by law, report suspected child abuse to their state’s Department of Social Services (DSS) or law enforcement.
Skip ReVille Sexual Abuse Allegations
In June 2012, former Charleston, S.C., teacher, foster parent, coach and youth group leader Louis Neal “Skip” ReVille pled guilty to the sexual assault of 23 boys, although the number is believed to be much higher.
We believe that reckless oversight and irresponsible silence in failing to report sexual abuse is one of the worst forms of gross negligence. By not reporting ReVille’s actions, certain organizations allowed this man to continue abusing children for nearly a decade.
As part of our efforts to help our clients find justice through civil litigation, Motley Rice attorneys committed themselves to finding out if any school, church, summer camp or other facility that employed ReVille knew about his actions and failed to notify law enforcement.
In 2014, we reached confidential settlement agreement for two of Reville’s victims and their school—Pinewood Preparatory, where ReVille was employed for a number of years. As part of the settlement, the school adopted a new Child Protection Policy that implements and enforces stricter procedures to protect students and make its employees and volunteers aware of the threats abuse poses to children.