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Sexual Misconduct


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Sexual Misconduct

  1. 1. Walton County Public Schools Identifying and Reporting Educator Sexual Misconduct 2012-2013
  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 thefollowing 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 SexualHarassment 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 Educator Sexual Misconduct Physical: fondling, touching or sexual abuse Verbal: commenting on a students body parts or making sexually explicit jokes Visual: showing sexually explicit photographs, or exposing ones genitals
  10. 10. Sexual Misconduct “includes behavior by aneducator that is directed at a student and intended tosexually arouse or titillatethe educator or the child.” Mary Jo McGrath
  11. 11. Sexual Abuse is defined as sex actwith a student!
  12. 12. Sexual Abuse of Students
  13. 13. A boundary violationinvolving sexualcontact is more of aprocess than a singleevent.
  14. 14. Habitual Sex Offender Process• “troll” for children with a weak sense of boundaries, targeting them for abuse,• “groom” their victims with gifts and attention, and• “lull” them into complacency, escalating the level of physical intimacy over time. Mary Jo McGrath
  15. 15. Sexual Misconduct is notdetermined by theperpetrator’s intent, but howit is perceived by the personreceiving the attention. Mary Jo McGrath
  16. 16. Young people instinctively recognize these boundary violations and often nickname the employee engaged in suchviolations a “pervert,” based on their perceived sense of inappropriateness. Mary Jo McGrath
  17. 17. Three Forms of Educator Sexual Harassment Physical: fondling, touching or sexual abuse
  18. 18. Physical Misconduct Indicators insists on touching, hugging, kissing, wrestling or holding a child even if the child resists, seeks uninterrupted time alone with a child, takes children on overnight outings alone,
  19. 19. Physical Misconduct Indicators spends more time with children than with people his/her own age, often volunteers for extra duties involving activities with children, offers to babysit children free of charge, and is too permissive with children and allows misbehavior.
  20. 20. Three Forms of Educator Sexual Harassment Physical: fondling, touching or sexual abuse Verbal: commenting on a students body parts or making sexually explicit jokes
  21. 21. Verbal Misconduct Indicators talks with children about sexual fantasies, tells stories and jokes of a sexual nature, talks repeatedly about the sexual activities of students, talks about a child’s developing body, sexuality, dating habits, etc.,
  22. 22. Verbal Misconduct Indicators calls children sexual names such as “stud” or “whore,” tells children they are his/her “special” friends, and encourages them to keep secrets, talks with children about their personal relationships, dating history, or sexual preferences.
  23. 23. Three Forms of Educator Sexual Harassment Physical: fondling, touching or sexual abuse Verbal: commenting on a students body parts or making sexually explicit jokes Visual: showing sexually explicit photographs, or exposing ones genitals
  24. 24. Visual Misconduct Indicators provides pornography to students, exposes students to sexual pictures, often walks in on children in the bathroom, looks at child pornography, and gives sexual drawings to students.
  25. 25. Three Forms of Educator Sexual Harassment Physical: fondling, touching or sexual abuse Verbal: commenting on a students body parts or making sexually explicit jokes Visual: showing sexually explicit photographs, or exposing ones genitals
  26. 26. Walton County Public Schools Student Reporting of Acts of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
  27. 27. Reporting Educator SexualMisconductAny student (or parent or friend of astudent) who has been the victim ofan act of sexual abuse or sexualmisconduct by a teacher,administrator or other schoolsystem employee is urged to makean oral report of the act to anyteacher, counselor or administratorat his/her school.
  28. 28. Reporting Educator Sexual MisconductAny school principal or principal’s designeereceiving a report of sexual abuse as defined inO.C.G.A. 19-7-5 shall make an oral reportimmediately, but in no case later than 24 hoursfrom the time there is reasonable cause tobelieve a child has been abused. The reportshould be made by telephone and followed by awritten report in writing, if requested, to a childwelfare agency providing protective services, asdesignated by the Department of HumanResources, or, in the absence of such agency,to an appropriate police authority or districtattorney.
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 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.
  31. 31. Reporting Educator Sexual MisconductAny educator receiving a report of sexualabuse or sexual misconduct of a studentby a teacher, administrator or otheremployee shall make an oral report of theincident immediately by telephone orotherwise to the school principal orprincipal’s designee, and shall submit awritten report of the incident to theprincipal or principal’s designee within 24hours.
  32. 32. Avoiding Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
  33. 33. Be Friendly Not a FriendConversations with studentsshould be warm, caring andprovide support for their learningand growth.Relationships should becentered on school events andactivities.
  34. 34. Choose Appropriate Settings forMeeting 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.
  35. 35. Choose Appropriate Settings forMeeting with Students Do not remain in a classroom with a student outside of the regular school day without informing the principal.  Do not make a habit of meeting students outside of school for a meal, soft drink, or a cup of coffee.
  36. 36. Choose Appropriate Settings forMeeting with Students  Do not transport students in your own vehicle.  Do not entertain students in your home.
  37. 37. Communicating with Students Never use slang or vulgar language with students Don’t gossip about other students or staff You are the role model!
  38. 38. Electronic Communications Do Not give students a home or cell phone number or a personal e- mail address without administrative approval Never give a student a cell phone!!!!
  39. 39. Electronic Communications You are a private citizen, but you also are an educator!Your out-of-school conduct can affectyour job security. What you post on ablog, on MySpace, or on Facebook can beaccessed by students. If you wouldntwant it on the front page of the localnewspaper, dont post it on the web!
  40. 40. Present a Professional Image Educators set an example and create expectations with their choice of clothing and accessories.
  41. 41. Dress ProfessionallyClothing and grooming shouldreflect the professional status ofthe educator and should never beprovocative or distraction tostudents.
  42. 42. Protect yourCertificate and the Integrity of Your Profession!
  43. 43. Establish and controlthe boundaries in your professional relationships.
  44. 44. We judge ourselves by our bestintentions and most noble acts,but we’re judged by ourlast worst act.
  45. 45. How will You beJudged?