Sexual Misconduct

The latest news about sexual misconduct in schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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Teachers Told Me Their Stories of Sexual Assault and Harassment—and Why They Keep Silent

Even in this extraordinary #MeToo era, ordinary women who've experienced harassment or assault at work are often reluctant to share their stories publicly. (October 3, 2018)

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A Lingering Shame
This special collection includes Education Week and Associated Press reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue: sexual misconduct by teachers.

A Trust Betrayed: Sexual Misconduct in Schools
Education Week's groundbreaking three-part 1998 series looks at educators' sexual misconduct with students, and state efforts to address the subject.

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Across the U.S., thousands of students have been sexually assaulted by other students in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—a hidden horror educators have long been warned not to ignore.
May 1, 2017 – Education Week
The true extent of student-on-student sexual assault in elementary and secondary schools is unclear. There are no national requirements for schools to track and disclose such incidents, as there are for colleges and universities, and sexual violence in general is widely under-reported.
May 1, 2017 – AP
As part of its project tracking student-on-student sexual assaults, The Associated Press analyzed a national database of crime information collected by the FBI. The data also contains demographic details not available from state education agencies.
May 1, 2017 – AP
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
A high-profile lawsuit brought by renowned teacher Rafe Esquith highlights the Los Angeles district's process for investigating teachers accused of misconduct.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Advocacy groups seek to publicize the problem of sexual abuse of students with disabilities, highlighting strategies to protect a population statistically more likely to be victimized.
June 24, 2014 – Education Week
A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
April 2, 2014 – Education Week
A General Accountability Office investigation reveals a fractured, confusing, and conflicting system for reporting and tracking incidences of child sexual abuse by school personnel.
February 5, 2014 – Education Week
In 2009, three teenage girls at Greensburg Salem High School in Western Pennsylvania sent nude or seminude cellphone pictures of themselves to their boyfriends.
October 19, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
Teachers who were removed from the California elementary school where two teachers were arrested for lewd conduct protested the district's actions and called for reinstatement.
May 4, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune

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