Your children are safe in school? Really?

Updated 2018 07 16, to expand on child sexual abuse by school personnel

Your children are safe in school?  Really? They are given in trust to schools.  You expect them to be safe there.  Is that trust justified?

Women comprise the majority of teachers, and, given that anti-male propaganda presumes that women are innocent, the perception appears justified that, the more teachers are women, the safer our children are from sexual predation. At least two aspects counter that assumption. Women are as human as men, and all humans err.

That is likely to be aggravated by the circumstance that, when two sectors of potential sexual predators of children are being differentiated, by asserting that one is assumed to be innocent, while the other is presumed guilty by its very existence, the latter is always under suspicion, while suspicion of the former is lessened, if it doesn’t vanish altogether.

In consequence, a large and increasing number of children appears to fall victim to sexual predation (a disproportionately large proportion of it is of the lesbian variety) by female teachers.  Take this,

The big list: Female teachers with students
Most comprehensive account on Internet of women predators on campus, by WorldNetDailyNews

Couple that with the trend to have schools train children of ever younger age in sexual awareness, encouraging them to begin sexual experimentation at an ever earlier age.  It becomes difficult to escape the impression that children are being groomed to become victims of sexual predation through statutory rape.

After all, no child can give meaningful consent to sexual relations with an adult in a position of trust.

This blog posting contained originally just the pointer to “The big list: Female teachers with students“, by WorldNetDailyNews, but that is without a doubt anecdotal evidence, although a very real indicator of a problem of which we need to have increasing awareness.

Ten years ago, in 2008, the wish to promote and maintain the myth of female innocence was still a strong discouragement that prevented objective research to focus on the  proportions of sexual abuse of children by adults of the respective sexes in charge of children. The dearth of information pertaining to that is no longer quite as prevalent.

More than 700 Canadian school employees committed — or were charged with committing — child sexual abuse against nearly 1,300 children over the past two decades, says a new report from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection released to the Toronto Star….

“That’s 1,300 victims whose lives have been absolutely damaged,” said Noni Classen, the centre’s director of education. “We know the impact of this type of offence, the betrayal of trust by someone who holds such a privileged position of power for children. The fallout and corrosion of that on their development is devastating. And we know this is just the tip of the iceberg.”….

In all, the perpetrators were overwhelmingly men — 87 per cent — preying on girls — 75 per cent….Full story

“…And we know this is just the tip of the iceberg.” We also know about “the tip of the iceberg” that it is a product of observation bias, namely only a small part that we are willing or capable of noticing of a much larger problem whose presence can be presumed but about which we don’t know very much.  Furthermore, we know that “the tip of the iceberg” presents results affected by anti-male bias prevalent in Canadian, feminist jurisprudence.

There are more objective sources of information on a looming, massive, escalating problem of sexual abuse of children by their female teachers.  It stands to reason that, objectively, Canadian circumstances are not too different from those in the U.S., in that respect.

The following is a link to a CBS News report on the epidemic of sexual abuse of children by their female teachers.

CBS News report on the epidemic of sexual abuse of students by teachers and coaches

CBS News report on the epidemic of sexual abuse of students by teachers and coaches

The CBS news report states: “…there are differences between female sexual abusers and their male counterparts. For women, sex is not the usual motivating factor. For them, it’s love, or what they believe to be love….”

Right. Calling lust love is an effective rationale to excuse the success and culpability of female seducers of children, as in the case of Randi Zurenko, 34, a married Catholic school teacher, who has been jailed for just 23 months after pleading guilty to having sexual relations with two of her female teenage students.

“She had been charged with more than 200 child sex offences during her time as a teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg…. She pleaded guilty to multiple charges of institutional sexual assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, possessing child pornography and disseminating obscene materials to minors…. Her lawyer, Lee Cohen, had asked for Judge Richard A. Lewis on Thursday to sentence Zurenko to house arrest for her young children and claimed she was ‘truly in love with her victims,’ Penn Live reports.”

Naturally, that did the trick. “The mother-of-five was jailed for up to 23 months with four years probation and must register as a sex offender for 25 years.” Full story

Coming back to the orgininal question (whether “your children are safe in school”) and the CBS news report, that report mentions “The most recent study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education found that up to seven percent of middle and high school students are the target of sexual abuse by teachers and coaches, putting the total number of victims in the millions.”

At the time, that “most recent study” dated back to 2004, well aged, by ten years.  Here is a more in-depth CBS article on that, “48 Hours” investigates sex abuse by women teachers, by Paul Larosa, CBS News, October 17, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Education presented the findings of that 2004 study in a 2014 report that got the CBS’ attention.  Unfortunately, the CBS identified nothing, not even the title of the report, by which that report can be found. Who knows why it took the U.S. Department of Education so long to make the decision that the findings of the 2004 study it had commissioned should be made known to the public?

Perhaps it took nothing more than a little attention by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, who had pointed out that, in relation to child sexual abuse by school staff, “Although states and school districts are taking some positive steps, current efforts are clearly not enough.” (Source)  It seems, after ten years of inaction, that is a reasonably safe conclusion to make, even though it is considerably less than useful when when contemplating, “Your children are safe in school?”

The U.S. Government Accountability Office, Jan. 14, 2014 report can be accessed via the following link.

Federal Agencies Can Better Support State Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse by School Personnel

GAO, not must, shall or even only should, but:
Federal Agencies Can Better Support State Efforts to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Abuse by School Personnel

That’s where things stand. Government officials and agencies can do something to curb escalating child sexual abuse by school personnel. They can, but will they? When?

So, your children are safe in school?  Perhaps, but if you have not yet done that, you should ask them.


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