Bring School Employees Accused of Sexual Abuse to Justice
  • Petitioned Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (S.E.S.A.M.E)

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Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (S.E.S.A.M.E)

Bring School Employees Accused of Sexual Abuse to Justice

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      SESAME Campaign

According to the U.S. Department of Education, nearly 1 in 10 students is the target of educator sexual misconduct sometime during his or her academic career. At least one-quarter of school districts in the U.S. have dealt with a case of sexual abuse by a staff member in the past decade, while more than 3 million students currently in grades K-12 have endured sexual touching or assault, according to a report from the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation.

These numbers stand alone in their devastation to students, parents and schools. Perhaps just as alarming, however, is an often overlooked fact: many teachers punished for sexual abuse wind up right back in the classroom at another school. Of abuse perpetrators who resigned, retired, weren’t rehired or were terminated for their misconduct, superintendents report that 16% went on to teach in another school – and these are just the cases of which superintendents are aware. All told, only 62% of sexual abuse cases result in the revocation of teacher certification. Instead of promoting accountability and a healthy learning environment for students, school administrators and union officials allow predators to relocate to another school.

This phenomenon of educators and school employees reasonably suspected of student sexual abuse finding employment at a new school – known as “passing the trash” – is preventable. It occurs when an educator or school employee is allowed to quietly leave a school and move to a new district, without the new district being alerted to the past misconduct. There are concrete steps that can be taken to curtail this problem. In Pennsylvania, a bill has been introduced by Senator Anthony Williams to require school administrators to disclose allegations of sexual abuse for any employee given a reference, and to prohibit confidentiality agreements between a school and an alleged abuser.

The Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation Act (Senate Bill 1381), or S.E.S.A.M.E. Act, will help put a stop to the practice of passing the trash in Pennsylvania and, more importantly, will help protect the millions of children vulnerable to educator abuse. We ask you to sign our petition to let Governor Corbett know you support this measure, and that you are confident he will, too.

For more information on how to stop schools from passing the trash, visit: http://www.sesamenet.org/index.html

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    • darling miramontes HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am singing because I believe when children go to school that they shouldn’t have to worry about sexual predators or worry if they are going to be abused in anyway; verbally, mental, physically or sexually. It is time to put this outrageous crime to a stop and make sure that the community knows who’s in their schools with their kids. I’m tired on these monster preying on innocent children, it time to fight back and make a stand for what is right.

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    • Onyinye Chukwunyerenwa DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • about 2 years ago

      It's high time the society become accountable and adults become responsible for children and young persons. Thank you for this good work!

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    • Victoria McGowan ROGERS, AR
      • about 2 years ago

      Signing because my family has been adversly affected by this issue for many years. I have watched many people - children and adults - suffer due to the illegal, immoral and utterly reprehensible actions of one female "teacher" who, sadly, is still in the classroom.

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    • Mary Grady MISSOULA, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      because it changes a kid for life

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    • Valerie Slee SHREWSBURY, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      My eldest daughter was sexually assaulted by her high school coach and teacher in 1994-5 in PA. She reported him in 1997 and brought him to justice. He pleaded guilty. A second daughter, was imprisoned in a therapy bathroom and fondled and kissed forcibly against her will by her INSTRUCTOR in a fieldwork setting for graduate work in occupational therapy. She reported him, the case went to trial, he ADMITTED fondling her against her will on the stand, but the judge in Chester county instructed the jury that they could not convict him if the DA had not PROVEN that the fondling of her breasts and buttocks was sexual in nature. He was found not guilty despite his full confession on the stand. He still works as an occupational therapist in PA. My daughters went through living hell, but they are strong women who know right from wrong. They exemplify honor and courage.They are my heroes. We need to do more to protect children from those in positions of power who are educating them.

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