Sexual Assault on Student Ignored by School
On July 20th, the parents of a former Hancock County middle school student filed a lawsuit against the school alleging their son was molested by his gym teacher. Perhaps more alarming than the assault itself was the school’s response to the inappropriate behavior on the part of the teacher. Although the school was alerted that the inappropriate activity was occurring, the administration dismissed the concerns and stated that reports should only be filed on “big enough situations.”
Sadly, sexual assault by teachers on students is not rare. The Counter Pedophilia Investigative Unit estimates that on average, 15% of students will face sexual assault from a teacher or staff member. Most cases of sexual abuse by a teacher are never reported. Lead attorney on the case Mario Massillamany stated that “Schools have a sacred duty, not only to educate our children, but to protect them,” and that in this case “the school corporation failed to use reasonable measures.”
In an attempt to lower the statistics, The National Sexual Violence Resource Center provides three indicators of when an adult may be behaving inappropriately with a child.
- Personal Space: An adult refusing to let children set limits on physical contact or ignoring requests on the part of children not to be touched may indicate sexual abuse.
- Relationships with Children: An adult insisting on extended or excessive time alone with a child and encouraging secretive behavior may indicate sexual abuse.
- Sexual Conversation or Behavior: An adult exposing children to sexual material without concern or making sexual or suggestive remarks to children may indicate sexual abuse.
Wagner Reese – Personal Injury Attorneys
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