Moraga School District to Sex Abuse Victim: It’s Your Fault:

Kristen Cunnane was “careless and negligent” and contributed to her ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of a middle school teacher, the Moraga School District claimed in its first legal response to the UC Berkeley swim coach’s lawsuit against the school district and three former administrators.

The district and three other defendants claim Cunnane “was herself responsible for the acts and damages of which she claims,” in the Oct. 24 legal filing.

I think this is what they call “chutzpah”.  I look forward to the district being crushed into the dust by the court and then the dust being ground into fine talcum powder.

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  • ivan_the_mad

    “The district and three other defendants claim Cunnane “was herself responsible for the acts and damages of which she claims,” in the Oct. 24 legal filing.”

    Then by implication, isn’t the abuser … the victim?

  • Ted Seeber

    What was that about Catholic Bishops being the only people that ever excused abusing children again?

  • Tim in Cleveland

    Sounds like the school district is just preserving its defenses. Otherwise it cannot raise them later. I assume the “legal filing” in question is an answer to a complaint. It’s pretty common to throw out all possible defenses just so you don’t waive them, even if you aren’t familiar with the facts of the case (since it just commenced). But I don’t know much about this case so I couldn’t say for sure.

    “Louis Leone said ‘every potential defense” must be raised in such legal filings, ‘since failure to do so results in a waiver of the defense.'”

    • Michelle

      Some possible defenses should be waived.

      • SecretAgentMan

        I agree. Sounds like an answer filed in one of the sex-abuse lawsuits where the Bishop (or, more acurately the high-priced law firm retained by the Diocese) said the teenage girls’ pregnancy was the result of an intervening cause because she could have had an abortion or used contraception. I kid you not.

        • SecretAgentMan

          That’s “alleged abuse victim’s” pregnancy, not “teenage girls’ pregnancy.” If memory serves there was one alleged victim who had a lengthy affair with a priest, beginning when she was underaged and continuing into her 20s.

        • Ed Pie

          Ugh: the problem was having the kid, not bein abused? No child, no foul?
          How long before they start playing that card to defend pedophiles?

          • Ted Seeber

            Oh, about negative a century or two. This has been a common defense for pedophiles since the late 1700s.

      • Tim in Cleveland

        That could result in malpractice.

  • Will

    This would never happen if middle-school teachers could marry! Or, uh, if women could be middle-school teachers.