Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sexual abuse in public schools

Accordinding to OneNewsNow:

The findings of a seven-month investigation by Associated Press reporters
reveal that from 2001 to 2005, the teaching credentials of more than 2,500
educators nationwide were revoked, denied, surrendered, or sanctioned following
allegations of sexual misconduct. The investigation, chronicled by the news
agency in a mid-October report, states that young people were the victims in at
least 1,801 of the cases -- and more than 80 percent of those were
students.

However, AP says that during its investigation, it found a "deeply
entrenched resistance" toward recognizing and fighting that sexual abuse -- from
teachers and school administrators who wish to avoid lawsuits, to the halls of
state capitals and Congress where lawmakers are hesitant to disparage an
otherwise honorable and vital profession. The result, says Associated Press, is
that very few abusers get caught -- and often are allowed to exit a district
quietly, only to show up in another school district. That dynamic, says the
report, is so commonplace that it has its own nicknames -- "passing the trash"
or the "mobile molester" (Readthe AP report)

Contrary to what I have reported before (this is a correction), this percentage is less than the number of abuse cases reported in the Catholic Church, nevertheless, this story deserves much more media attention than it is getting. Our nation's kids are at stake.

See WorldNetDaily for a list.

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