In response to the newly-released report from the US Government Accountability Office on sexual abuse by school personnel, Prevent Child Abuse America released a Statement today - here - "Every Child Deserves a Happy and Healthy Childhood." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below.
"Prevent Child Abuse America agrees with the position in the
newly-released report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
on sexual abuse by school personnel that “we must all expand our
efforts to ensure that children have safe and secure learning
communities,” especially with the idea that we cannot rely exclusively
on the government to do so.
We all have a role to make schools a safe and healthy experience for
all children regardless of where they live. For example, parents and
guardians should talk to children regularly about what they’re doing,
where they spend their time, and who they are spending it with, which
can help identify possible problems.
Similarly, experts can be brought in to work with schools to develop
support systems that promote a sexually safe and healthy climate for
both students and faculty so that educators and administrators will be
better able to support the prevention work that parents are doing at
home, and parents should feel empowered to ask questions of the