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.
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