Sexual Harassment of Students by Teachers

There is yet no definitive study indicating how prevalent teacher-on-student sexual harassment is. Even so, experts in the field estimate that a minimum of 10% of the student population experiences some form of inappropriate sexual activity with an educator at some time during their public education. Yet, due to the shame and guilt often experienced by students, these same experts suggest that the incidence of sexual misconduct is greater than what is actually reported. This entry briefly discusses legal cases and laws related to such harassment and preventive guidelines for educators.

There is no stereotypical perpetrator of sexual misconduct. Research indicates that teachers are the most common offenders, with others being coaches, administrators, and other school employees. Coaches, as well as others who spend extensive amounts ...

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