ERIC Number: ED378521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Final Report of the Joint Commission of the Chancellor and the Special Commissioner.
New York City Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation, NY.; New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
In recent years, sex abuse scandals have struck schools around the country. This report contends that the way to address sexual abuse is to face it head on and to develop a comprehensive program to attack every facet of the problem. It is the multi-faceted nature of child sexual abuse that dictates this comprehensive approach. It is recommended that efforts be made to prevent child abusers from entering the school system by screening all prospective employees. Likewise, regulations must clearly define prohibited conduct and be vigorously enforced. While these measure will prevent some sexual abuse from occurring, no screening or regulation can guarantee that employees will not sexually abuse students. It is therefore critical that the schools be fully prepared to deal with child sexual abuse whenever and wherever it occurs. Research has shown that the reaction to the child's first disclosure of sexual abuse is crucial, because there is often no second disclosure. The recommendations contained in this report would ensure that when a child discloses sexual abuse to any school employee, that employee would have been trained in the appropriate response. A program that addresses the many difficult issues associated with child sexual abuse is advised. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation, NY.; New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)