Sexual misconduct by public school teachers is more extensive than the Catholic church’s priest-abuse scandal, charges Carol Shakeshaft, professor of educational administration at Hofstra.
Nearly 10 percent of students have been targeted with unwanted sexual attention by school employees, the best available data indicates, according to Shakeshaft.
The mistreatment ranges from sexual comments to rape, says the report, titled “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature.”
I’m dubious about the comparison. The Catholic church is estimating the number of child molesters; Shakeshaft is relying a 2000 survey for the American Association of University Women which covered “unwanted sexual attention” of all kinds.
Here’s another study of sexual abuse in schools.