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NCJ Number: 136721 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Abuse in Schools: Reported Court Cases From 1987-1990
Journal: Educational Administration Quarterly  Volume:27  Issue:4  Dated:(November 1991)  Pages:460-480
Author(s): G P Sorenson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 21
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of a 4-year sample of reported court cases that involved actual or alleged sexual abuse of students by teachers, administrators, and other school employees shows that a variety of legal issues appeared in the various court decisions.
Abstract: A majority of the claims in the 51 cases were in the areas of tort law, criminal law, and constitutional law with a substantial number of claims in the areas of teacher dismissal and insurance law. Apart from policy concerns related to individual and school district liability under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, among the most important public policy considerations were those that stemmed from issues associated with State freedom of information and child abuse reporting statutes. The study also compared suggestive case-based incidence data with survey and study data from other contexts. It concludes that enlightened education policy will be served when more is known about the incidence, causes, and outcomes of school-based sexual abuse. All types of social science research, including legal research, are necessary to ensure that the type of abuse documented in this study is prevented. 20 notes and 62 references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Court research; Crime in schools
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