Educator sexual misconduct is an epidemic in our nation. This session will offer an in-depth analysis of factors that enable abuse to occur in our schools. We take a look at the psychology of an "opportunistic abuser," explore what environmental grooming looks like within the educational setting, and with the help of new data from Illinois educator license sanctions, we learn which subject areas are more frequently disciplined for misconduct. This session also includes considerations surrounding "compliant victims" that are targeted by predatory teachers. Educator misconduct is a systemic problem, and after discussing some key shortcomings in our current system, we will explore how law enforcement and school districts can collaborate to keep our students safe.
Upon completion, participants will understand the scope and scale of the educator misconduct epidemic in the United States.
Upon completion, participants will learn how educators are in a unique position to groom and abuse their students, and how they manipulate the school environment to do so.
Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize “red flags” in student and teacher behavior and how they, as bystanders, can prevent abuse before it occurs.
Upon completion, participants will better understand the perspective of a “compliant victim” as a result of the grooming process.
Upon completion, participants will consider ways law enforcement and child advocates can partner with educational institutions to detect, investigate, and prevent student abuse.