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An Alarming Rate Of Teachers Are Sexually Abusing Students

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Reports in the media of teachers who are sexually abusing students are increasingly alarming.  The majority of cases reported are in New York.

Child sexual molesters choose careers where they can be close to children. So it’s not surprising when we hear all of the stories about teachers sexually molesting students.

Below are just some of the reported cases of teachers who have been accused of or who admitted to sexually molesting their students in the U.S. from February 2012 – April, 2012.

There should not be one case, let alone all of these. We must do something to help our children NOW!

NY – February, 2012: For Fifth Time This Month A NYC Teacher Is Arrested For Alleged Child Sex Abuse

NY – February, 2012: Outraged parents demand answers over hiring of PS 87 school aide accused of sex abuse

NY -March, 2012: Queens teacher charged with assaulting 6-year-old

OH – March, 2012: Bengals cheerleader, ex-teacher charged with sexual abuse of a student

MO – March, 2012: A Missouri elementary school teacher charged with sexually abusing students is free on $250,000 bond after prosecutors brought new charges.

NY – March 2012: Yet Another NYC School Teacher Arrested On Sexual Abuse Charges

NY – March, 2012: Brooklyn Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Student

NC – March, 2012: Sex abuse charges pile up against former Clayton teacher

CA – March 2012: A Pacoima teacher’s arrest came to light four months after he was arrested on sexual abuse allegations

TX: March, 2012: Special education teacher in Texas is being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with two underage students.

CA – March, 2012: Four more school districts provide teacher misconduct record

NY – April, 2012: Sixteen teachers singled out for pervy conduct get to keep their jobs in New York City schools

NY – April, 2012: Six NY Teachers On Desk Duty For Years for perverted acts towards students, But Can’t Be Fired

NY – April, 2012: Bronx assistant principal arrested for sex abuse

CA – April, 2012 Christopher James Hooker, the Modesto, Calif., ex-teacher whose romance with a student drew attention from around the world, was arrested Friday after being charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor in an incident that police said happened 14 years ago

NE – April, 2012 Nebraska teacher arrested on sex-abuse allegations

TN – April, 2012 Mid South teacher charged with rape of student

OR – April, 2012 Molalla teacher arrested on sex-abuse charges in OC

What parents should do if a child tells them that he/she has been sexually abused

Children rarely report abuse during their victimization and nearly 80% will deny the abuse. Adults must be alert to signs of sexual abuse.

If a child does tell you they’ve been sexually abused, take the time to really listen to them when they want to talk. Believe what you are hearing no matter how impossible it sounds. Remember that 90% of abuse is done by someone the child knows, trusts and loves.  

Assure the child that they are doing the right thing by telling and you will get help. Never blame or punish the child or show anger.  It is difficult but you must control your emotions. Your reaction to the abuse might be viewed as directed toward the child.

Reassure them that you are not angry at them. Don’t take notes while the child is talking to you. Listen intently. Then quickly document the disclosure.

If you are an employee or volunteer and hear of the abuse, immediately report the incident to your supervisor, but keep in mind that you are a mandated reporter and you have an obligation to report the incident to the proper authorities. If you represent the organization at which the abuse occurred, you must report the child’s disclosure to law enforcement or child protective agency as specified by the laws in your particular state.

If you report the abuse to a higher authority, supervisor or report it to law enforcement make sure you follow up to see that the problem is being addressed.

If your child us being sexually abused by a teacher, principal or school employee, report it to the principal, the school board and law enforcement.

If the school takes the approach of complete denial, report it to the school board and law enforcement, create a paper trail and contact the District Attorney’s office where you live. You may even have to contact an attorney.

In the Naples, FL case where teacher Steven Noyes was accused of sexually molesting a 9 year-old student, the police dropped the ball on the case. Don’t let this happen to you.

And NYS Arbitrator Paul Zonderman said he is neutral, and that he stands behind his decisions to not fire city teachers for various offenses. “Sometimes you go with the union. Sometimes you go with management.

Schools are culpable. Hopefully they’ve done their due diligence with background checks. Yet more needs to be done.

 Sign our petition to have stronger and more frequent background checks on teachers so we can keep our children safe at school.

Lastly, if you are or were a victim of child sexual molestation and didn’t tell – PLEASE TELL! It is so important to report it.

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New York child welfare workers held accountable in child’s death

According to media sources, two former child welfare workers were indicted yesterday in the death of a 4 year-old Brooklyn girl who was starved, beaten and drugged.

This is the first such prosecution in city history thanks to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes.

If ACS caseworker Damon Adams did his job and visited Marchella Brett-Pierce in her Bedford-Stuyvesant home, she might be alive today. Instead records indicate that he did not visit the home, but did falsify records after the girl died weighing just 18 pounds. Chereece Bell, 34, the caseworker’s direct supervisor, was charged with failing to monitor his work.

Yesterday Judge Patricia DiMango told news sources: “To say there was no failure here would just defy logic and common sense.”

Adams and Bell pleaded not guilty to charges of criminally negligent homicide, official misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

Bell’s bail was set at $25,000. Adams, who was charged with additional tampering and falsifying records, was ordered held on $35,000 bail.

Caseworkers first became involved with the Brett-Pierce family in November 2009 when Marchella’s youngest brother was born with illegal drugs in his system.

Prosecutors said caseworker Adams was supposed to make biweekly visits to the home. He only made two entries in the agency’s computer records between March and September which included a phone call with a source involved in the hospital incident and an attempt to visit the home in June. Six days afterwards Marchella died.  Adams then posted bogus entries saying he visited the home in March, April, June and August, prosecutors said.

“His failure to make the visits is what ultimately led to her death,” Kagan said.

The two ACS workers resigned a month after Marchella was found dead.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Kagan said “This child was wasting away. Had the ACS workers done their job, “this child would have been removed” from the home.”

Marchella’s grandmother Loretta Brett, 56, was also indicted Wednesday, pleading not guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

According to prosecutors, Brett slept in the same room as the child night after night as she lay tied in her bed with no food and the grandmother never reported the suspected abuse.

The innocent 4 year-old was beaten, starved, bound to her bed and forced to take multiple doses of Benadryl and other adult medication between July and September.

She died severely malnourished on September 2nd – similar to the horrific abuse and death of  Nixzmary Brown in 2006.

Marchella’s mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, 30, was charged in November with second-degree murder and is awaiting trial.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes vowed to investigate whether the city agency followed recommendations it implemented after Nixzmary’s death.

Hynes said: “We’re going to find at long last what they’re doing at ACS so there are no more children fatalities. “

Faye Moore, the head of the Social Service Employees Union, said ACS layoffs and program cuts have overburdened workers. Frankly we’ve been hearing that tired excuse for years. And it’s not just Marchella who died because of ACS failures. ACS has been linked to at least four other child abuse tragedies.

In a statement, ACS said the indictments “may have the opposite effect from what’s intended because it may discourage excellent, idealistic individuals from taking” jobs as social workers.

This is not true. First … ACS doesn’t hire just social workers as caseworkers. This reporter saw an ad in the NY Times a few years ago. ACS was looking for caseworkers and the ad read that all one needed was a college degree. They did not have to be a social worker. And while shopping in Bloomingdales this reporter overheard a salesperson saying she was going for an interview to ACS. When this reporter questioned the salesperson about the interview she had just graduated from college with a degree in fine arts and had no work experience other than being a salesperson.

Kudos to District Attorney Charles Hynes for arresting these caseworkers. Our children deserve to live in happy, healthy and safe homes. If their parents are abusive and neglectful than we need a system that will protect them at all costs!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Let’s start protecting our kids instead of protecting the people who are supposed to be protecting them!

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