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Guest Post: Idaho Schools Not Exempt from Female Predators

December 22nd, 2008 by Halli

From Bryan Fischer, Idaho Values Alliance

There have been any number of stories in the Idaho media over the last several years revealing sexual molestation incidents involving teachers and students, a significant percentage of them involving adult women taking sexual advantage of vulnerable teenagers.

The Statesman reported on a local incident, which is a tragedy on many levels. Not only will the teenage victim of the sexual advances of this older woman have to deal with the lifelong impacts of the abuse on his own psyche, this event will devastate the woman’s family, which includes children and a husband and father who is an administrator in a Boise area junior high school.

Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Education says are that 40 percent of sex offenses in American schools involve adult females taking sexual advantage of adolescents, whether male or female.

Despite the high visibility given to sexual abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church, that problem absolutely pales in comparison to the sexual destruction taking place in public schools.

While almost 11,000 young people were sexually mistreated by priests between 1950 and 2002, roughly 290,000 – 290,000! – students experienced some form of physical sexual abuse by a public school employee in the decade of the 1990’s alone.

If we do the math, and 40% of such perpetrators are women, more than 11,000 instances of women abusing students take place every year in America’s public schools, more in just one year than the total amount reported in 50 years of Catholic priest abuse.

Adolescent males simply aren’t ready for the emotional complexities of these sexual relationships, and it does great damage to them in the long run. Says one therapist who has counseled many victims, males who are taken advantage of by an adult female suffer the following lasting effects: “[T]hey don’t trust people, they have trouble forming intimate relationships, they often feel used, exploited, dirty, ashamed. And that often leads to dysfunction in other areas – drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and particularly the inability to have intimate relationships.”

Another leading expert says, “Many sexually abused boys grow up distrustful, considering people dishonest, malevolent and undependable. They often become frightened of emotional connection and isolate themselves.”

Perhaps it’s time we put the Ten Commandments back up on school house walls, and remind teachers and students alike that sex is a sacred thing and is to be reserved exclusively for marriage, and that the command “You shall not commit adultery” is not Victorian prudishness but something that protects sexual innocence, the integrity of the family, and the reputations of everybody.

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