An East Bay woman has filed a civil lawsuit against the Moraga School District over sexually abuse she suffered as a teen at the hands of two former teachers at Joaquin Moraga Middle School.
Kristen Cunnane of Moraga told KTVU she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and copes with the help of her service dog Murphy.
The 30-year-old Cunnane said she was only 13 years old when the sex abuse started while she attended the middle school. It lasted for about five years.
She said she filed the lawsuit because school officials failed to protect her when they were aware that at least one of the teachers had previous similar complaints against him by another student.
"If I could get a time machine and go back and start over before all this, that's what I would want from the school district," said Cunnane.
The district would not comment on the lawsuit.
Cunnane said the district failed to hold the two teachers accountable and enabled them steal her childhood.
"They can't give that to me. So now I feel the need to hold them responsible," said Cunnane.
Though the abuse took place more than 15 years ago, Cunnane said she suppressed the memories. She started experiencing flashbacks and nightmares about her ordeal two years ago and reported the abuse to police.
"All of the sudden, all the rape and stalkings, that came full into my memory," explained Cunnane.
She told KTVU she hopes the lawsuit will enable other survivors to speak up and report abuse.
"It was the best decision I ever made," said Cunnane. "It was the only way I could have gotten my life back."
Cunnane is now married and is the assistant coach of the Cal's Women's Swim Team.
One of the abusers killed himself, the other has been convicted of abusing Cunnane and is serving an 8 year sentence in state prison.
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