Who is Ranait Griff?
Ranait Griff is a 30-year-old former teacher and girls lacrosse coach at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset County, New Jersey, who recently pleaded guilty to failing to report child sexual assault when she knew of a relationship between another teacher and a student and was unable to say it. She must undergo probation and cannot serve as a teacher or coach for anyone under 18.
Who is Matthew Rennie?
Matthew Rennie, a former teacher and girls volleyball coach at Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset County, New Jersey, was recently indicted for second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering a childs welfare after a victim disclosed the sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty and is now serving a 4-year sentence at New Jersey State Prison. He must also register as a convicted sex offender on Megan’s Law.
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How Can A Civil Lawsuit Help Victims Seek Justice For The Trauma They Experienced At The Hands Of Matthew Rennie?
There are many misunderstandings about why a survivor of sexual abuse would choose to file a civil lawsuit. Child sexual abuse takes away so much from the survivors and families impacted. Our society still struggles to find ways to repair the harm done by individual perpetrators and institutions that have covered up child sexual abuse. Outdated statutes of limitations across our country leave far too many survivors denied access to our criminal or civil justice courts.
Filing a civil case can be an essential step for survivors and their families in their journey to slowly rebuild their lives and create pathways to healing. Motivation for filing a civil suit is often questioned and unfairly stereotyped as being “all about money. Filing a civil lawsuit can cast survivors as “money hungry” and is weaponized to shame and blame them even more. This couldn’t be further from the truth for survivors of child sexual abuse. The civil justice system offers victims more than just monetary benefits. It gives survivors access to justice, validation, exposure, confrontation, and ultimately some resolution. The resolution allows survivors of sexual abuse to understand and process what happened and create a new path forward without confusion, questions, and fear.
Can I pursue a case against Matthew Rennie, Ranait Griff, or the Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset County?
Andreozzi and Foote have experience working within New Jersey. If you were a victim of either Rennie or Griff, you could take action against the school for failing to protect you.
We know it can be hard to talk about these experiences. Our compassionate school sexual abuse lawyers are here to listen and provide knowledgeable legal guidance. We provide free, confidential case evaluations where you can learn more about your rights and options under your state’s laws.
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