Education

Words of Warning

July 14, 2004 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

A report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education includes 15 recommendations for helping to eliminate or reduce sexual misconduct by educators against students. Among them is that educators, parents, and students be aware of the following information:

  • Any employee, as well as volunteers, might molest.
  • Educator sexual predators are often well-liked and considered excellent teachers.
  • Special education students or other vulnerable students are often targets of sexual predators.
  • Adults who regularly have access to students before or after school or in private situations (coaches, music teachers, and others) are more likely to sexually abuse students than those who don’t.
  • Physical signs of sexual abuse include difficulty walking or sitting, torn or bloodstained clothing, venereal disease, pregnancy, and changes in weight.
  • Behavior indicators in students might include age-inappropriate sexual behavior, late arrivals to class, changes in personality, and increased time at school with one adult.
  • Rumors are an important source of information on educator sexual misconduct.
  • Behaviors of adults who molest include close personal relationships with students, time alone with students, time before or after school with students, time in private spaces with students, flirtatious behavior with students, and off-color remarks in class.

SOURCE: “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature,” prepared for the U.S. Department of Education by Charol Shakeshaft

A version of this article appeared in the July 14, 2004 edition of Education Week as Words of Warning

Events

Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
English-Language Learners Webinar English Learners and the Science of Reading: What Works in the Classroom
ELs & emergent bilinguals deserve the best reading instruction! The Reading League & NCEL join forces on best practices. Learn more in our webinar with both organizations.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
Challenging the Stigma: Emotions and STEM
STEM isn't just equations and logic. Join this webinar and discover how emotions fuel innovation, creativity, & problem-solving in STEM!
Content provided by Project Lead The Way

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 31, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education In Their Own Words The Stories That Stuck With Us, 2023 Edition
Our newsroom selected five stories as among the highlights of our work. Here's why.
4 min read
102523 IMSE Reading BS
Adria Malcolm for Education Week