Abuse Victim Files Lawsuit Against Forest Lake Schools and Lakes Center
Today, one of the students who was sexually abused by Forest Lake School District teacher James Carter, filed a civil lawsuit for damages against the District, the Lakes Center for Youth and Families and James Carter relating to sexual abuse by Carter from 2018 through 2020.
Doe 705’s parents believe that they have not only been betrayed by James Carter, but also betrayed by the Forest Lake School District and the Lakes Center for Youth and Families. “What happened here is every parent’s nightmare. A trusted teacher appears to show concern and dedication by giving a little extra care and attention to our son when he needed it, only to learn that the ‘concern’ and ‘dedication’ was a smoke screen to groom him for sexual abuse,” said Doe 705’s mother.
EVERY 98 SECONDS
Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Every eight minutes, that victim is a child. People with intellectual disabilities are assaulted at a rate seven times higher than the general population.
IMPACT ON SURVIVORS
79% of survivors who were victimized by a family member, close friend, or acquaintance experience professional or emotional issues, including moderate to severe distress, or increased problems at work or school.
Of sexual abuse cases reported to law enforcement, 93% of juvenile victims knew the perpetrator: 59% were acquaintances and 34% were family members.
At Noaker Law Firm, we are driven to win and committed to care for survivors of sexual abuse and assault on a national level. Our lawyers hold sexual abusers responsible and secure damage awards for survivors, leading to improved quality of life.
We fight for you, while protecting you. It’s not just what we do. It is who we are.
Our lawyers have over three decades of combined success in holding abusers responsible and securing damage awards for survivors, leading to improved quality of life. We are your advocates in the courtroom, bringing personal injury lawsuits on behalf of persons who have been sexually abused and assaulted.
Patrick NoakerPronouns: he/him/his
For 27 years, Patrick Noaker has represented clients in courtrooms across the country, including hundreds of sexual abuse survivors. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning multiple jury trial verdicts exceeding $1M and for winning millions more in settlements. Patrick has also been selected by his peers as a Minnesota SuperLawyer.
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Sandy KluessendorfPronouns: she/her/hers
Sandy Kluessendorf has been a paralegal for 20 years. For more than a decade, she has worked with sexual abuse clients with a purpose of protecting and helping survivors heal. Prior to working with Patrick Noaker at the Noaker Law Firm, Sandy worked at another Twin Cities law firm, where she focused exclusively on sexual abuse survivors.Noaker Law clients are honored, respected and cared for with the knowledge, expertise and understanding of Sandy Kluessendorf.
Areas of Focus
While we represent any client who has experienced sexual abuse, there are four areas where we pay special attention due to the large impact these perpetrators have had on their communities.
As advocates for victims of sexual abuse, we work hard to raise public awareness about perpetrators, resources for victims, and what can be done to help put an end to sexual abuse.