‘I thought it would go away’ — School districts are paying millions to former students who say leaders were negligent in protecting them from abuse
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — After years of yearning to hold her former high school accountable for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by her coach, Allison Brown, a former star basketball player at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, got her chance when a new state law opened a three-year window that allows students to sue their schools for failing to protect them from abuse they suffered years ago. Brown sued Valley Christian Schools, the group of private religious campuses that includes her old high school, for negligence and harassment last year, and has since settled the case. Valley Ch...