Empowering California Survivors of Sexual Abuse at Savanna High School

If you were abused by a teacher, coach, staff member, or trusted adult at Savanna High School or any other California school, we want to help you

Savanna High School, located in Anaheim, California, was established in 1961 and is one of eight comprehensive high schools within the Anaheim Unified School District. David Sepe was employed by the Anaheim Unified High School District starting in approximately 1996 and worked as a history teacher at Savanna High School for many years before he was transferred to Katella High School. Through his position of power, Sepe utilized tactics such as special treatment and favoritism as well as emotional, psychological, and physical grooming, to gain trust and access to minor students.

At least two former students who went to Savanna High School have come forward with allegations of alleged sexual abuse against David Sepe. In 2000-2001, Sepe began grooming one of the alleged victims throughout that academic year. During this timeframe, the victim, and several other girls, would spend time and eat lunch in Sepe’s classroom. It was well-known on campus that Sepe had “groupies,” all of whom were young female students. On numerous occasions, this victim visited his apartment and Sepe allegedly sexually assaulted her. Sepe’s consistent grooming behaviors and obvious favoritism over the years convinced her that Sepe loved her and that they were in a “relationship.”

To this day, according to the staff sections on both Katella and Savanna High Schools’ websites, David Sepe is still currently employed by Anaheim Unified High School District, and works as a teacher at Katella High School.

If you were sexually abused as a child in California, no matter how old you were, no matter when the abuse occurred, you still have rights and can still take action, but time is running out. Survivors of sexual abuse in California have until December 31 to file a lawsuit. 

If you were abused by David Sepe, or any other employee or volunteer at Savanna High School, but are scared to come forward, we understand. It’s important to note that any conversations you have with our firm will be confidential and compassionate. Not only can taking legal action bring a sense of empowerment, it could also potentially stop other kids from being abused.

California Child Victims Act

On January 1, 2020, the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) opened a three-year window for California child sexual assault survivors of any age to file claims against their perpetrators and the institutions responsible for the abuse, no matter when the abuse occurred. This means survivors abused in California only have until December 31, 2022, to take legal action.

You Are Not Alone. We Are Here to Help.

It’s time for justice. It’s time for you to share your story safely and confidentially. It’s time to lay down your burden and reclaim some of your power. It’s time to expose those who hurt you and make sure what happened to you never happens to another child. It’s time to take action under the California Child Victims Act. Before making a decision concerning such severe and sensitive matters, we encourage all survivors of child sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim. We want to help you find accountability and healing. We will stand by you. We will fight for you.

If you are concerned about your privacy, or remaining anonymous, you can learn more about that in our Questions & Answers section on our website.