An Epidemic of Sexual Assaults of Children in Public Schools Has Been Flying Under the Radar – Opinion

Public schools are quickly becoming even more problematic for America’s children. Progressives are desperate to get kids to believe in their radical views on gender, race and sexuality. Now it is being reported that children have been exposed to more sexual abuse.

The number of students who have been sexually assaulted or abused by their teachers or other employees has increased alarmingly. In 2022 so far, at least 135 teachers and teachers’ aides have been arrested for various child sex-related offenses, ranging from possession of child pornography to child rape.

Fox News Digital reported:

An analysis conducted by Fox News Digital looked at local news stories week by week featuring arrests of teachers and teachers’ aides on child sex-related crimes in school districts across the country. Arrests that weren’t publicized were not counted in the analysis, meaning the true number may well be higher.

The analysis found that at least 135 teachers and teachers’ aides have been arrested in 41 states between January 1 and May 13, which works out to about an arrest a day on average.

This is the continuation of the report:

Most of those arrested were male educators.

Out of the 135 arrested, at most 102 (or 76%), were alleged crimes against student.

The 135 educators included 117 teachers, 11 teachers’ aides and seven substitute teachers.

Some of the charges were particularly egregious. “On April 11, police in California charged Anthony James Phillips, a 61-year-old former teacher at Cupertino Middle School in Sunnyvale, with aggravated sexual assault of a child, forcible penetration with a foreign object, and forcible penetration with a foreign object upon a child,” according to Fox.

Anessa Paige-Gower, another teacher in Richmond, California, was arrested for 29 child molestation charges on April 8. According to the report:

Gower was accused of sexually assaulting seven students while she was teaching at Making Waves. Other allegations include forcible sodomy and the sharing of graphic images over internet platforms. Gower is scheduled to return to court in June 2.

William Landon Smith, a 31-year-old science teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with 27 counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, 28 counts of indecent liberties with a student, and one count of using or installing a photographic imaging device to “arouse gratify sexual desire,” according to Fox. Fox also claims that he inappropriately communicated with his children via social media.

Unfortunately, little has been done to investigate sexual abuse in schools by minors. Fox reported that Erika Sanzi from Parents Defending Education’s outreach team said almost 10% of students were abused at one point or another during their school careers.

“Educator sexual abuse is a major problem that largely gets ignored because it’s so uncomfortable to talk about,” she said in a written statement. “While a very small fraction of educators and school employees prey on the children in their care, one bad actor can do damage to many students.”

Sanzi explained:

According to federal regulations, this issue has not been studied since 2004. Experts who are familiar with the matter say the smart phone’s ease of communication has made the problem even worse.

It is important to be more open about this problem and study the issue again in order to create policies and laws that safeguard children. Massachusetts and Rhode Island allow teachers, and any other adult in authority positions to engage in sexual relationships with students when they are 14. After a 5 year effort, RI is finally poised to make this a reality.

Sanzi spoke out about Rhode Island’s bill that would ban teachers and other authority figures from engaging in sexual relations with minors under 18.

Fox’s report is alarming enough. However, the truth is that educators are still sexually abusing public school children for longer periods of time than many would imagine. These crimes are on the rise despite very little reporting.

The Washington PostA 2020 report was published that detailed the increase in sex crime against minors in schools. In the period 2015-2018, there was a marked increase in reported sexual assaults at schools of all levels, including middle school, high school, and elementary. The Civil Rights Data Collection compiled information from “surveys of every public school, charter school and juvenile justice facility in the nation” according to WaPo. “The Education Department found that reports of sexual violence at schools rose from about 9,600 in the 2015-2016 school year to nearly 15,000 in the 2017-2018 school year. That’s an increase of more than 50 percent.”

It’s correct.

Between 2016 and 2018, there was an increase of 50% in the number of students committing sex offences in schools.

This could possibly be due to the fact that there are not enough studies which measure how many of these incidents are occurring. It is clear that the children sent to public schools are at greater risk for sexual assault by teachers and other staff.

This problem will only get worse and parents will be more inclined to look for other education options. For many, private schools – and even homeschooling – might become even more attractive options. But for the children whose parents cannot pull them out of public schools, this will remain an issue if something isn’t done. Maybe this is something they will bring up at their school board meetings.

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