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Sexual Misconduct - FY14

  1. 1. Walton County Public Schools Identifying and Reporting Educator Sexual Misconduct 2013-2014
  2. 2. Sexual Misconduct  Walton County Public Schools provide an environment free from sexual harassment, both for our students and our employees. This is provided for in Board Policy GAEB/JCAC.  School System personnel have a duty to protect students from known or reasonably foreseeable harm while under our care.
  3. 3. Sexual Harassment  Sexual harassment surfaces as inappropriate visual, verbal and physical conduct directed by an adult to an adult, an adult to a student, a student to an adult, or a student to a student.  Sexual harassment is, simply said, a form of unlawful discrimination based on sex.
  4. 4. Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to the following behavior directed at an individual.  Unwelcome sexual advances or request for sexual favors.  Unwelcome leering, staring, sexual flirtation or propositions.  Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading descriptions.  Unwelcome graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body, or overly personal conversation.  Unwelcome sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures or gestures.
  5. 5. Sexual Harassment  Unwelcome spreading of sexual rumors.  Unwelcome touching of an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way.  Cornering or blocking of normal movements in a sexual manner.  Displaying sexually suggestive objects in the educational/work environment.
  6. 6. Two Forms of Sexual Harassment  Quid pro Quo = “This for that” Quid pro Quo means “you do something for me and I’ll do something for you.” In simplest terms, it means sex for jobs or grades.
  7. 7. Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment  Hostile environment sexual harassment is the most prevalent form of sexual harassment. It generally involves a course of conduct rather than a single incident.  For practical purposes, any unwelcome sexually oriented conduct or atmosphere that is so severe or pervasive that it is intimidating or offensive to a “reasonable person” of the same gender as the victim can be construed as hostile environment sexual harassment.
  8. 8. Sexual Misconduct  Millions of students endure sexual misconduct by employees of their schools, ranging from inappropriate jokes to forced sex Charol Shakeshaft Hofstra University
  9. 9. Three Forms of EducatorThree Forms of Educator Sexual MisconductSexual Misconduct  PhysicalPhysical:: fondling, touching orfondling, touching or sexual abusesexual abuse  VerbalVerbal:: commenting on a student's bodycommenting on a student's body parts or making sexually explicit jokesparts or making sexually explicit jokes  VisualVisual:: showing sexually explicitshowing sexually explicit photographs, or exposing one's genitalsphotographs, or exposing one's genitals
  10. 10. Sexual MisconductSexual Misconduct “includes behavior by an“includes behavior by an educator that is directed ateducator that is directed at a student and intended toa student and intended to sexually arouse or titillatesexually arouse or titillate the educator or the child.”the educator or the child.” Mary Jo McGrath
  11. 11. Sexual AbuseSexual Abuse is defined asis defined as ANYANY sex actsex act with a student!with a student!
  12. 12. Sexual Abuse of Students =REVOCATION
  13. 13. A boundary violation involving sexual contact is more of a process than a single event.
  14. 14. • ““trolltroll” for children with a weak” for children with a weak sense of boundaries, targetingsense of boundaries, targeting them for abuse,them for abuse, Mary Jo McGrath • ““groomgroom” their victims with” their victims with gifts and attention, andgifts and attention, and • ““lulllull” them into complacency,” them into complacency, escalating the level of physicalescalating the level of physical intimacy over time.intimacy over time. Habitual Sex OffenderHabitual Sex Offender ProcessProcess
  15. 15. Sexual Misconduct is not determined by the perpetrator’s intent, but how it is perceived by the person receiving the attention. Mary Jo McGrath
  16. 16. Young people instinctivelyYoung people instinctively recognize these boundaryrecognize these boundary violations and often nicknameviolations and often nickname the employee engaged in suchthe employee engaged in such violations a “violations a “ pervertpervert,” based,” based on their perceived sense ofon their perceived sense of inappropriateness.inappropriateness. Mary Jo McGrath
  17. 17.  insists on touching, hugging,insists on touching, hugging, kissing, wrestling or holding akissing, wrestling or holding a child even if the child resists,child even if the child resists, Physical MisconductPhysical Misconduct IndicatorsIndicators  seeks uninterrupted time aloneseeks uninterrupted time alone with a child,with a child,  takes children on overnighttakes children on overnight outings alone,outings alone,
  18. 18.  spends more time with children than withspends more time with children than with people his/her own age,people his/her own age,  often volunteers for extra duties involvingoften volunteers for extra duties involving activities with children,activities with children,  offers to babysit children free ofoffers to babysit children free of charge, andcharge, and  is too permissive with children and allowsis too permissive with children and allows misbehavior.misbehavior. PhysicalPhysical MisconductMisconduct IndicatorsIndicators
  19. 19. Three Forms of EducatorThree Forms of Educator Sexual HarassmentSexual Harassment  Physical:Physical: fondling, touching or sexualfondling, touching or sexual abuseabuse  VerbalVerbal:: commenting on a student'scommenting on a student's body parts or making sexually explicitbody parts or making sexually explicit jokesjokes
  20. 20.  talks repeatedly about the sexual activitiestalks repeatedly about the sexual activities of students,of students,  talks with children about sexual fantasies,talks with children about sexual fantasies,  tells stories and jokes of a sexual nature,tells stories and jokes of a sexual nature, Verbal Misconduct IndicatorsVerbal Misconduct Indicators  talks about a child’s developing body,talks about a child’s developing body, sexuality, dating habits,sexuality, dating habits, etc.etc.,,
  21. 21.  tells children they are his/hertells children they are his/her “special” friends, and“special” friends, and encouragesencourages them to keep secrets,them to keep secrets,  calls children sexual names suchcalls children sexual names such as “stud” or “whore,”as “stud” or “whore,”  talks with children about theirtalks with children about their personal relationships, datingpersonal relationships, dating history, or sexual preferences.history, or sexual preferences. Verbal Misconduct IndicatorsVerbal Misconduct Indicators
  22. 22.  often walks in on children in the bathroom,often walks in on children in the bathroom,  provides pornography to students,provides pornography to students,  gives sexual drawings to sexual drawings to students.  exposes students to sexual pictures,exposes students to sexual pictures,  looks at child pornography, andlooks at child pornography, and Visual Misconduct IndicatorsVisual Misconduct Indicators
  23. 23. Walton County Public Schools Student Reporting of Acts of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
  24. 24. Reporting Educator Sexual Misconduct Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a teacher, administrator or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the act to any teacher, counselor or administrator at his/her school.
  25. 25. Reporting Educator Sexual Misconduct Any school principal or principal’s designee receiving a report of sexual abuse as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 shall make an oral report immediately, but in no case later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused. The report should be made by telephone and followed by a written report in writing, if requested, to a child welfare agency providing protective services, as designated by the Department of Human Resources, or, in the absence of such agency, to an appropriate police authority or district attorney.
  26. 26. Reporting Educator Sexual Misconduct Reports of acts of sexual misconduct against a student that do not rise to the legal definition of sexual abuse shall be investigated immediately by school or system personnel. If the investigation provides a reasonable cause to believe that the report of sexual misconduct is valid, the school principal or principal’s designee shall make an immediate written report to the Superintendent and the Ethics Division of the Professional Standards Commission.
  27. 27. Student Method of Reporting  Our students are encouraged to report all forms of harassment to their Principal, Counselor, or Teacher that they trust.  Respect that trust and follow up with your Administrator on all reports of harassment and abuse.
  28. 28. Reporting Educator Sexual Misconduct Any educator receiving a report of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct of a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee shall make an oral report of the incident immediately by telephone or otherwise to the school principal or principal’s designee, and shall submit a written report of the incident to the principal or principal’s designee within 24 hours.
  29. 29. Avoiding Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
  30. 30. Be Friendly Not a Friend Conversations with students should be warm, caring and provide support for their learning and growth. Relationships should be centered on school events and activities.
  31. 31. Choose Appropriate Settings for Meeting with Students  Schedule student meetings at regular times and when other staff members are present.  Hold meetings with individual students in rooms with a door open or with an unobstructed window view.
  32. 32. Choose Appropriate Settings for Meeting with Students  Do not make a habit of meeting students outside of school for a meal, soft drink, or a cup of coffee.  Do not remain in a classroom with a student outside of the regular school day without informing the principal.
  33. 33. Choose Appropriate Settings for Meeting with Students  Do not transport students in your own vehicle.  Do not entertain students in your home.
  34. 34.  Never use slang or vulgarNever use slang or vulgar language with studentslanguage with students Communicating with StudentsCommunicating with Students  Don’t gossip about otherDon’t gossip about other students or staffstudents or staff You are the role model!
  35. 35.  Do Not give students a home orDo Not give students a home or cell phone number or a personalcell phone number or a personal e-mail address withoute-mail address without administrative approvaladministrative approval Electronic CommunicationsElectronic Communications  Never give a studentNever give a student a cell phone!!!!a cell phone!!!!
  36. 36. You are a private citizen, but youYou are a private citizen, but you also are an educator! also are an educator!  Electronic CommunicationsElectronic Communications Your out-of-school conduct can affect your jobYour out-of-school conduct can affect your job security.  What you post on a blog, onsecurity.  What you post on a blog, on MySpaceMySpace, or on, or on FacebookFacebook can be accessed bycan be accessed by students.  students.  If you wouldn't want it on theIf you wouldn't want it on the front page of the local newspaper, don'tfront page of the local newspaper, don't post it on the web!post it on the web!
  37. 37. Present a Professional Image Educators set an example and create expectations with their choice of clothing and accessories.
  38. 38. Dress Professionally Clothing and grooming should reflect the professional status of the educator and should never be provocative or distraction to students.
  39. 39. Protect your Certificate and the Integrity of Your Profession!
  40. 40. Establish and control the boundaries in your professional relationships.
  41. 41. We judge ourselves by our best intentions and most noble acts, but we’re judged by our last worst act.
  42. 42. How will You be Judged?