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Preventing Adult Sexual Misconduct and Child Sexual Abuse

Protecting the children on our campuses is one of the most important tasks we face.  Resources and guidance are available here to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, build skills to recognize warning signs of adult sexual misconduct, report ALL concerns and thoroughly investigate ALL reports received.  

TITLE IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX.  Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. Know Your Rights

6 Steps to a Successful Prevention Program for Adult Sexual Misconduct and Child Sexual Abuse

1. Policies and Procedures for Best Practices for Safe and Healthy Boundaries

Adopt an updated Board Policy from provided template with recommended safe and healthy boundaries for adult-to-student and student-to-student interactions will be provided to all districts. 

SIA will provide a template policy with recommendations for best practices

Training requirements are included in the policy as well as criteria for establishing a qualified trainer at the district.

SIA provides training for all members 

​Consider the Model Code of Educator Ethics as a guidance document.

2. Screening & Hiring of Employees and Volunteers

Establish district-wide recommended hiring practices to include;

  • Department of Justice background checks and fingerprinting,
  • Review any action taken against a teaching certificate in any of the 50 states,

SIA provides NASDTEC services to all member districts

  • Reference checks to prior districts specifically related to sexual misconduct claims and disciplinary action and,
  • Adopt recommended interview questions that address an employee’s use of safe and healthy boundaries.

Sample Interview Questions from Diane Cranley; 8 Ways to Create Their Fate

3. ASM and CSA Prevention Training and Awareness

All employees are assigned and have completed the ESCAPE training series online, through HZ Online that assigns and tracks training completion. 

Training is required annually of every district employee and volunteer.

Trainers conducting group training meet a minimum criteria for qualifications on the subject matter. 

A variety of awareness materials are disseminated to all employees via multiple media channels such as email, written and electronic newsletters, and website pages. 

SIA provides the training series to all members

Educate Students on Safe and Healthy Boundaries.

4. Reporting:

Adopt an electronic tool with anonymous reporting capability to ensure that anyone can report misconduct at any time. 

SIA Provides StopIt Reporting Tool for all members.  

Reports are handled according to the best practices provided and investigation steps outlined below. 

A district ombudsman shall be established to oversee all reports and investigations.

5. Investigation

A district ombudsman will review every report to ensure that best practices are being followed with regards to investigation. 

Any report meeting a threshold of identified flags will warrant a third-party investigation process led by professionals to remove all bias and ensure a thorough and fair investigation.

Investigations will be completed in a timely fashion with recommendations made for any necessary employment action, including specialized training when misconduct is not present, but healthy boundaries have not been maintained. 

SIA provides specialized training through Making Right Choices to all members as needed.  

6. Communication

Protocols shall be established for how the district will communicate with families and communities in the event of an incident to ensure transparency, yet maintain privacy as required. 

EDUCATIONAL VIDEO SERIES & DISCUSSION GUIDESADULT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS

SIA has partnered with NBSIA and RESIG in CCAP, a partnership of K-12 public school pools, representing 133 school districts and County Offices of Education across 12 counties, 57,000 school employees, and over 500,000 school children.  Together, our goal is to educate K-12 schools on how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse and, ultimately, to protect kids. CCAP has prepared a prevention program titled ESCAPE, End Sexual abuse of Children with Awareness Prevention Education, in conjunction with Diane Cranley, a renowned expert in sexual abuse prevention.

ESCAPE

The ESCAPE program is a comprehensive toolkit that includes:

  • An Educational Video Series aimed at helping school staff identify and report suspicious behaviors that may indicate adult sexual misconduct or child sexual abuse and develop best practices for the prevention of adult sexual misconduct and child sexual abuse in schools.  
  • A series of Discussion Guides to accompany each module of the Video Series and help facilitate discussions between staff about preventing child sexual abuse. 
  • Board Policy and Administrative Regulation recommendations to help school administrators develop policies to protect students from sexual abuse. (coming soon)
  • Resources and Guidance for administrators, staff, parents, and students. 

Video links will be posted as they become available. Check back often for additional content.

  • Module 1: Introduction and Overview - focuses on introducing concepts of the series and alarming statistics around child sexual abuse. APRIL 2019
  • Module 2: Grooming - explains grooming behavior in the steps involved in grooming a student to become a victim of sexual abuse. (coming soon)
    • Module 2: Grooming (Elementary School) Video              
    • Module 2: Grooming (Elementary School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 2: Grooming (Middle School) Video
    • Module 2: Grooming (Middle School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 2: Grooming (High School) Video
    • Module 2: Grooming (High School) Discussion Guide
  • Module 3: On-Site Isolation Boundaries - helps school administrators and staff set appropriate boundaries for children to avoid students being isolated by potential child molesters.(coming soon)
    • Module 3: On-Site Isolation Boundaries Video
    • Module 3: On-Site Isolation Boundaries Discussion Guide
  • Module 4: On-Site Behavioral Boundaries - Like Module 3, Module 4 helps school administrators and staff set appropriate behavioral boundaries for staff and children, to prevent potentially harmful or abusive behaviors.(coming soon)
    • Module 4: On-Site Behavioral Boundaries (Elementary School) Video
    • Module 4: On-Site Behavioral Boundaries (Elementary School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 4: On-Site Behavioral Boundaries (Middle/High School) Video
    • Module 4: On-Site Behavioral Boundaries (Middle/High School) Discussion Guide
  • Module 5: Off-Site Boundaries - helps school administrators and staff set appropriate boundaries and identifies best practices for off-site activities involving students and staff.(coming soon)
    • Module 5: Off-Site Boundaries Video
    • Module 5: Off-Site Boundaries Discussion Guide
  • Module 6: Off-Hours Behavioral Boundaries - examines boundaries that restrict staff access to students during non-school hours.(coming soon)
    • Module 6: Off-Hours Boundaries (Elementary School) Video
    • Module 6: Off-Hours Boundaries (Elementary School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 6: Off-Hours Boundaries (Middle/High School) Video
    • Module 6: Off-Hours Boundaries (Middle/High School) Discussion Guide       
  • Module 7: Electronic Social Media Boundaries - teachers school administrators and staff to set appropriate boundaries with electronic communication between staff and students, especially private communication.(coming soon)
    • Module 7: Electronic Social Media Boundaries Video
    • Module 7: Electronic Social Media Discussion Guide
  • Module 8: Gift Boundaries - discusses the importance of establishing policies for gifts given to students and their families from staff, to ensure they remain appropriate.(coming soon)
    • Module 8: Gift Boundaries (Elementary School) Video
    • Module 8: Gift Boundaries (Elementary School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 8: Gift Boundaries (Middle School) Video
    • Module 8: Gift Boundaries (Middle School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 8: Gift Boundaries (High School) Video
    • Module 8: Gift Boundaries (High School) Discussion Guide
  • Module 9: Student-to-Student Boundaries - addresses sexual abuse and behavior that may occur between students, and how to handle these situations.(coming soon)
    • Module 9: Student-to-Student Boundaries (Elementary School) Video
    • Module 9: Student-to-Student Boundaries (Elementary School) Discussion Guide
    • Module 9: Student-to-Student Boundaries (Middle/High School) Video
    • Module 9: Student-to-Student Boundaries (Middle/High School) Discussion Guide
Board Policy and Administrative Regulation Recommendations:

Check back for resources

resources and Guidance:

Articles:

Background-Child Sexual Abuse

Consequences-Child Sexual Abuse

GroomingBehaviors-Child Sexual Abuse

Signs-Child Sexual Abuse

Preventing-Child Sexual Abuse

Safe & Healthy School Environment

 

Relevant Resources:

Resources for Individuals

Resource Non-Profit Organizations

 

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-799-4TTY (Hearing Impaired)