Wonderfully written, comprehensive, and helpful to parents, educators, and students. This book will make a great contribution to educational practice' - Carol Shakeshaft, Professor, Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies , Hofstra University This book is intended to help educators, especially school and district administrators, to identify, understand, evaluate, react, and ultimately prevent sexual abuse in K-12 schools. The book focuses on two pronged challenges. The first is on how to spot exploitation, specifically on what to look for in recognizing early warning signs. The other is on how to stop exploitation; the action steps schools can take to prevent sexual exploitation, to intervene and get help for abused children, and to respond promptly and appropriately if it occurs. Other topics that are addressed include standards of care for a safe school, definitions of child molestation and sexual abuse, legal issues, prevention and response to sexual abuse, protecting students and teachers, harassment and abuse policy and response plan.
PrefacePurpose of This BookAcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorIntroductionPosition of TrustDefinition of TermsModalities of Exploitation1. Sexual ExploitationForms of Sexual ExploitationSexual HarassmentExploitation of Former Students and NonstudentsSexual AssaultPedophiliaChild MolestationYou Be the Judge: Chapter 1 Scenario2. Environmental Context of Sexual ExploitationTrust and VulnerabilitySexual Exploitation of Persons With DisabilitiesPredictable Pattern of AbuseContinuum of ExploitationAppropriate BoundariesConsentSexual Exploitation in SportsYou Be the Judge: Chapter 2 Scenario3. Consequences of Sexual ExploitationConsequences for the ChildConsequences for FamiliesEvidence of AbuseConsequences for the AccusedYou Be the Judge: Chapter 3 Scenario4. Legal Context of Sexual ExploitationChild Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment ActPublic NotificationReporting to a Child Protection AgencyInvestigation by the Child Protection AgencyTitle IX LiabilityNegligent ReferralStatutes of LimitationRecidivismRecovered MemoriesThe Delayed Discovery DoctrineDiscriminatory EnforcementYou Be the Judge: Chapter 4 Scenario5. Standard of Care for a Safe SchoolDuty To ProtectStandard of Care for PrincipalsStandard of Care for School EmployeesRisk ManagementYou Be the Judge: Chapter 5 Scenario6. Pathology of a Sexual ExploiterWhy Would an Adult Exploit a Child?Misconceptions About Child AbusersYou Be the Judge: Chapter 6 Scenario7. District and Employee Rights and ResponsibilitiesDistrict Rights and ResponsibilitiesEducator Rights and ResponsibilitiesDefenses That Have Been SuccessfulDefenses That Have Not Been SuccessfulThe Aftermath of a Proven AllegationYou Be the Judge: Chapter 7 Scenario8. Conducting an InvestigationWhen Should an Investigation Be Initiated?Conducting the InvestigationActions to Protect EducatorsYou Be the Judge: Chapter 8 Scenario9. Action Steps Action Steps for School DistrictsAction Steps for PrincipalsAction Steps for EducatorsPostscriptAppendix A. Steps to Follow in Developing a Sexual Exploitation Prevention ProgramAppendix B. Model Sexual Exploitation Prevention PolicyAppendix C. Resources for Educators and ParentsAppendix D. Sexual Harassment and Exploitation Prevention AssessmentGlossaryReferencesIndex