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Sexual Exploitation in Schools
How to Spot It and Stop It


November 2003 | 160 pages | Corwin

Learn how to identify and prevent sexual exploitation of students in your school!

Though most schools are safe environments for students, research shows that sexual abuse of children at all levels is on the rise. Recent media attention has captured the public's growing concern about the number of cases involving boys molested by adult females. Nationally recognized risk management expert and author Robert J. Shoop has been quoted in USA Today (November 30, 2005), noting that "In the past 18 months, at least 25 cases nationwide involved female teachers molesting students." He has also addressed the topic of sexual exploitation as a guest on CNN, The Today Show, ABC's 20/20, ESPN's Outside the Lines, and other independent television talk shows.

In this book, Shoop identifies the early warning signs of sexual abuse in schools. Based on interviews, newspaper reports, journal articles, court records, and personal experiences gained from 25 years of consulting with school districts in the areas of harassment, abuse, risk management and negligence, this book demonstrates the critical need to implement strategies so students are protected while also learning how to protect themselves.

Shoop's two-fold objectives are:

  • How to spot sexual exploitation and what early warning signs to look for
  • How to stop sexual exploitation—actions that schools and parents can take to prevent sexual abuse, and how to respond promptly and appropriately if it occurs

Sexual Exploitation in Schools prepares educators to manage one of the most difficult and troubling issues in our public and private schools. Explanations are provided concerning the legal context, consequences and pathology of sexual exploitation, district and employee rights, conducting an investigation, and steps educators and parents can take so that students will be safe in their learning environment, leading to a successful and healthy future.

prepares educators to manage one of the most difficult and troubling issues in our public and private schools. Explanations are provided concerning the legal context, consequences and pathology of sexual exploitation, district and employee rights, conducting an investigation, and steps educators and parents can take so that students will be safe in their learning environment, leading to a successful and healthy future.

 
Preface
Purpose of This Book

 
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Position of Trust

 
Definition of Terms

 
Modalities of Exploitation

 
 
1. Sexual Exploitation
Forms of Sexual Exploitation

 
Sexual Harassment

 
Exploitation of Former Students and Nonstudents

 
Sexual Assault

 
Pedophilia

 
Child Molestation

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 1 Scenario

 
 
2. Environmental Context of Sexual Exploitation
Trust and Vulnerability

 
Sexual Exploitation of Persons With Disabilities

 
Predictable Pattern of Abuse

 
Continuum of Exploitation

 
Appropriate Boundaries

 
Consent

 
Sexual Exploitation in Sports

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 2 Scenario

 
 
3. Consequences of Sexual Exploitation
Consequences for the Child

 
Consequences for Families

 
Evidence of Abuse

 
Consequences for the Accused

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 3 Scenario

 
 
4. Legal Context of Sexual Exploitation
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment Act

 
Public Notification

 
Reporting to a Child Protection Agency

 
Investigation by the Child Protection Agency

 
Title IX Liability

 
Negligent Referral

 
Statutes of Limitation

 
Recidivism

 
Recovered Memories

 
The Delayed Discovery Doctrine

 
Discriminatory Enforcement

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 4 Scenario

 
 
5. Standard of Care for a Safe School
Duty To Protect

 
Standard of Care for Principals

 
Standard of Care for School Employees

 
Risk Management

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 5 Scenario

 
 
6. Pathology of a Sexual Exploiter
Why Would an Adult Exploit a Child?

 
Misconceptions About Child Abusers

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 6 Scenario

 
 
7. District and Employee Rights and Responsibilities
District Rights and Responsibilities

 
Educator Rights and Responsibilities

 
Defenses That Have Been Successful

 
Defenses That Have Not Been Successful

 
The Aftermath of a Proven Allegation

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 7 Scenario

 
 
8. Conducting an Investigation
When Should an Investigation Be Initiated?

 
Conducting the Investigation

 
Actions to Protect Educators

 
You Be the Judge: Chapter 8 Scenario

 
 
9. Action Steps
Action Steps for School Districts

 
Action Steps for Principals

 
Action Steps for Educators

 
Postscript

 
 
Appendix A. Steps to Follow in Developing a Sexual Exploitation Prevention Program
 
Appendix B. Model Sexual Exploitation Prevention Policy
 
Appendix C. Resources for Educators and Parents
 
Appendix D. Sexual Harassment and Exploitation Prevention Assessment
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Wonderfully written, comprehensive, and helpful to parents, educators, and students. This book will make a great contribution to educational practice."

Charol Shakeshaft, Professor, Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies
Hofstra University

"Dr. Shoop has meticulously examined every facet of sexual exploitation in schools. His recommendations on how to spot it and stop it are vital to protecting students and the dignity of the profession."

Terri Miller, President
Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation, Inc.

"The value of Shoop’s guide lies in its analysis of the consequences of sexual exploitation and the legal context of exploitation."

Publishers Weekly, December 2003

"Although this book should not be misconstrued as the equivalent of a licensed attorney, it is an excellent resource that school administrators and teachers can use to address sexual exploitation in schools as they navigate their way through the current educational milieu."

NASSP Bulletin, December 2006
Key features

Pedagogy includes:

  • Assortment of lists and inventories, procedures, protocols
  • Bibliography
  • Several resources including "Sexual Harassment/Sexual Abuse Prevention Checklist" with scoring guides

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