Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sexual abuse in schools a persistent menace, data shows

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A national charity that tracks sexual abuse and exploitation of children has found the problem of teachers molesting students in Canada isn't going away.

According to ongoing research by the Winnipeg-based Canadian Centre for Child Protection, there have been 108 alleged or confirmed reports of sexual abuse in schools in the past 17 months.

That's more than one new case every week, similar to the previous 20-year trend.

"If that's not telling that we still have a problem, I don't know what is, because that's hard-fact data," said Noni Classen, the centre's director of education.

Of the 108 most recent cases, tracked from Jan. 1, 2018, there have been 36 criminal convictions or disciplinary findings. Many of the remaining cases have yet to make their way through the courts.

Between 1997 and 2017, the centre counted nearly 1,300 alleged or confirmed cases of abuse by a school employee in Canada. Classen said the rate of false claims by students is very low.

Researchers collected the data by combing through court records, media reports and the provincial organizations that regulate teachers.  (more...)

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