Occurs 100x more often by Public School Employees than Priests
Decades ago the issue of child abuse was rarely discussed or even considered a major problem. But today we know otherwise. This issue has been discussed often in the media when it relates to abuse by priests. Sadly, some Bishops did not deal with the issue properly, sometimes believing denials by priests over allegations made by abused children.
But there is another area where child abuse is far, far more common—child abuse in our public schools. Based on key studies done in recent years, abuse by priests amounted to about 11,000 cases over a period of 50 years, or about 220 abuse cases per year. However, based on a major 2004 study by former Hofstra University Professor Charol Shakeshaft done for the US Dept. of Education (Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature), there were 290,000 cases of child abuse in our public schools over a 10 year period, or about 29,000 cases of child abuse per year committed by public school employees, mostly teachers. In other words, for every one case of child abuse by a priest, there were 130 cases of child abuse by a public school employee. What’s surprising is that in spite of the fact abuse by public school employees occurs more than 100 times as often as priestly abuse, this is rarely, if ever, discussed in our media or newspapers. Why is this ?
And, according to Dr. Shakeshaft, “in only 1% of the cases did Superintendents follow up to ensure that molesting teachers did not continue teaching elsewhere.” So public school superintendents have apparently made “mistakes” far more often than many Bishops did, but this also is rarely discussed. Again, “Why is this?”