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Educators who suspected child abuse say they were told to check with parents first

Excerpt from Omaha.com by Martha Stoddard / World-Herald Bureau LINCOLN — A dispute sparked by a student arriving at school with a scratched face and dried, smelly feces on his hands and wrists wound up in court Monday. North Platte teacher Christie Copper and school guidance counselor Stephen Spiehs reported the late March incident to state authorities as suspected child abuse or neglect. On Monday, the two filed a complaint in Lincoln County District Court claiming that school administrators responded to the case by directing …

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Supreme Court allows child abuse disclosure to teachers as evidence

By Sam Hananel for ABC News Statements that children make to teachers about possible abuse can be used as evidence, even if the child does not testify in court, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The ruling is expected to make it easier for prosecutors to convict people accused of domestic violence. The justices said that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to cross-examine child accusers unless their statements to school officials were made for the primary purpose of creating evidence for prosecution. The …

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A breach of trust: Sex with students

Excerpt from Cincinnati.com Dianna Sheely was shocked last year when she heard a teacher at Colerain High, the same district where her children go to school, was arrested for having sexual contact with a student. Sheely felt let down. The head of the Northwest High booster club wondered how it could happen and what administrators at the Northwest Local School District – which includes Colerain and Northwest high schools – would do about it. Then it happened again, this time at Northwest High where her …

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The role of educators in prevention

Educators may be the single most important group in the prevention and recognition of child sexual abuse. Not only do they see and work with large numbers of children every day, but children who disclose abuse often tell a teacher. In fact, educators are the source of over half of the abuse reports made by professionals to the authorities. How can we let sexual abuse happen to our community’s children when there are effective and inexpensive strategies for both prevention and intervention? Training for educators, …

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The need for educational reform

Government agencies and educational institutions constantly work together to develop strategies to improve academic achievement, particularly for children who are disadvantaged. The problem is that in many cases, we are treating a symptom rather than the root issue. Even the best educational strategies mean nothing to a child traumatized by sexual abuse. So how does child sexual abuse relate to academic achievement? The answer might surprise you. Research shows that children who are sexually abused perform at far lower levels than those who haven’t experienced …

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Teacher Sentenced to 25 years for sexual abuse

A former teacher was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the molestation of at least nine boys in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and overseas. He used his position of trusted authority as a babysitter, camp counselor, Boy Scout leader, high school teacher, tutor and foreign exchange host to groom his victims. By presenting himself as a caring mentor and friend, he was able to gain their trust, as well as their families. One of his victim’s, Robert Burzee, 40 and in jail for theft, …

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