One in 10 students are targets of sexual misconduct by school employees, according to a report for Congress by Charol Shakeshaft, a Hofstra education professor. But Shakeshaft’s definition includes everything from rape to inappropriate jokes.
Misconduct is defined in the report as physical, verbal or visual behavior, from sexually related jokes or pictures of sex to fondling of breasts and forced sex. Shakeshaft did not limit her review to sexual abuse because, she says, that would exclude other unacceptable adult behaviors that can drive kids from school and harm them for years.
No national study has collected reliable data on sexual abuse or misconduct in schools. Shakeshaft is guessing about the extent of a problem defined so broadly as to be meaningless.
Precinct 333 worries about a witch hunt targeting teachers.