Why is Seattle-Area Teacher Sex Abuse Kept A Secret?

Stop Sex Abuse In Our School: Protect Our Children From Sexual Predator Teachers

According to a 2010 article published by Digital Journal, the Seattle Times asked the Bellevue School District for information about teachers and coaches accused of sexual misconduct but school officials refused to provide the information.  Instead, school officials and the state’s most powerful union joined forces to try to hide the personnel files of the teacher-abusers. According to the story, Bellevue school officials even let teachers purge their own records at union-organized “file parties” to prevent disclosure.

An estimated 4 to 5 million U.S. public school students may be at risk or become victims of sexual assault by school employees and teachers.

A 2007 Associated Press investigation, covering the period from 2001 to 2005 and reported in USA Today, found that of all reported educator misconduct cases, only about a quarter, or 2,570, educators were punished for sexual misconduct nationwide.

Keeping teacher-student sex abuse cases a secret helps to perpetuate the problem and allows this horrible crime to continue.  

When teachers sexually abuse students they can be criminally charged with child rape, sexual misconduct, and child molestation.  And the abuse victim and their family can file a sexual abuse lawsuit to seek financial compensation by the teacher’s employer for the physical and psychological abuse that they suffered at the hands of the teacher/abuser.  

If you or a loved one has been the victim of this horrible crime in Washington State then you can seek financial compensation for the physical and emotional injuries that you have suffered.  Contact the sexual abuse attorneys at Davis Law Group at 206-727-7000 for a free confidential consultation.

Chris Davis
Top-rated, award-winning, attorney practicing wrongful death & serious injury law in Seattle.
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