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Battling the Cover-Up Culture of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools

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February 8, 2018

Following is an excerpt from a piece by Gloria Seidule and Daniel Pollack, originally published in the February 2018 issue of Policy & Practice

Too many schools are failing in their responsibility to keep children safe from sexual abuse. The doctrine of in loco parentis demands that schools assume the responsibility of the parent to keep a child safe at school. Often, instead of protecting children, schools have been covering up sexual abuse of children by teachers, failing to investigate and report alleged abuse, and allowing teachers to silently leave. Not surprisingly, this allows them to find employment as teachers elsewhere, free to resume their predatory behavior.

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