Prevent Sexual Misconduct in Schools

Apr 21, 2014

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It is not uncommon for sexual predators to seek out positions of trust in order to abuse children.  As role models and adults, teachers and other school staff establish relationships of emotional dependence.

Initially, child predators will target a victim according to their emotional and familial state—directing their attention to those who are more vulnerable. Next they will extend kind, warm, and seemingly safe attention towards the selected minor. This attention may include isolated activities such as: one-on-one tutoring, coaching, etc.

Once the predator has gained the victim’s trust and dependence, the relationship can then become sexual. The predator will continue to maintain control and coerce the child into a long-term sexual relationship by putting the blame on them and extending various threats. (Source <http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Child-Sexual-Abuse-6-Stages-of-Grooming>)

From January to March 2014, there have been 121 school employees arrested for sexual misconduct.  This will keep happening as long as school districts and education facilities continue to “pass the trash” <http://abcnews.go.com/US/sex-predators-hired-schools/story?id=12404472> (allowing teachers who prey on children to resign without an investigation or disclosure to look for employment in a different school system.)

For this reason, the “Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act” was proposed to the U.S. Senate. The bill will require any state education system that receives federal funds to conduct background checks on all employees (new and existing) and contractors.

Currently, the bill is still waiting to be passed. Until then, parents can take initiative and watch for signs of sexual predators and grooming.

With parental control software such as Net Nanny Social <https://www.netnanny.com/products/net-nanny-social>, parents can monitor their child’s social networks and catch any suspicious behavior, before the problem becomes serious.

Source: http://www.thereporteronline.com/opinion/20140406/help-us-protect-our-kids-from-child-predators