Denver Archdiocese uncovers sexual abuse bias for public school teachers
Denver, Feb. 13, 2006 (CNA) - In a continuing battle against what many of the state’s faithful call an unfair bias against Catholics, the Archdiocese of Denver has uncovered a previously unseen, but sordid list of sexual abuses by many of Colorado’s public school teachers.
The Archdiocese has lifted the lid on some 85 Colorado Department of Education reports of sexual impropriety among teachers since 1997. Reportedly, the state had revoked or denied teaching licenses, all for reasons involving sexual misconduct with minors. But critics charge, the punishment ended there.
According to a report in Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, the list revealed teachers “who prey on grade-schoolers, plying them with love notes…Teachers who download pornography on their desktop computers while students sit before them…Teachers who encourage students to meet them surreptitiously after school, on out-of-town trips, and who give them marijuana or alcohol in exchange for sex.”
Recently, all three of Colorado’s bishops blasted proposed state legislation which seeks to eliminate or modify statutes of limitation allowing sexual abuse victims to wait up to 40 years before filing suits against Catholic and other private institutions in the state.
The problem, they say, is that the bills would unequally punish the Catholic Church while public school teachers and coaches accused of abuse would--because of state sovereignty laws--be all but exempt...
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We've all known it to be true, but rarely is the proof spelled out for us so plainly. I predicted three years ago that the sex-abuse scandal to emerge in public school would dwarf anything seen in the Catholic Church. Sure enough, my predictions have been coming true, but oddly the media seems to be missing the story. Night after night we're treated to stories about sexually deviant teachers sleeping with teenage students. What makes them "news worthy" is that they just happen to be pretty female teachers sleeping with teenage boys. That's the only reason why they bother to report it. But stop an think about this for a second. It's only "news worthy" when the teacher is a pretty woman? What does that mean? Does it mean that sex-abuse among male teachers, and ugly female teachers, is so common that it's not even "news worthy" anymore? Actually, that's exactly what the news media is telling us, de facto, every time reports of a pretty female teacher hit the national syndicate. So where's the real story here? The story is in public school sex-abuse itself, not the gender and beauty of the abuser. It's rampant and it's out of control.
I was attending a college course about seven years ago, in which the instructor happened to be a high school teacher by day, and a college instructor by night. He openly told the whole class that sexual-abuse among public-school teachers is far more common than most people would ever imagine. (Keep in mind he said this a whole three years before the Catholic sex-abuse scandal broke.) He spoke about repeat offenders, and how the school systems frequently transfered these teachers from school to school after incidents -- simply because firing them was too hard, and exposing them would be damaging to the school district. So you see when I predicted that the sex-abuse in public school would be far worse than in the Catholic Church, I was making my prognostication based on the witness of somebody who worked inside the system.
So here we are, nearly four years after news of the sex-abuse scandal broke in the Catholic Church. The media jumps on this story in "follow-up" at every opportunity it can get. Meanwhile, the largest sex-abuse/cover-up scandal in the history of the world is slipping by right underneath their noses, in the public schools, and the best they can do is highlight the sordid details of a few unusual cases. Can you imagine that! It would be the equivalent of the entire media ignoring the sex-abuse/cover-up scandal in the Catholic Church, and instead focusing on a few individual cases, solely because the priest happened to be young and handsome. It's like stepping over dollars trying to find another dime. They are literally unable to see the forest for the trees. But if it involves a man wearing a priest's collar, you can bet they'll be stepping back looking for the bigger picture. It's called BIAS folks. When it comes to institutions of religion, the press will jump at any opportunity to bring them down. Bet when it comes to institutions of their own secular mindset (public schools), they get a pass, because after all the "real story" is in the juicy details of a hot female teacher. Never mind the thousands upon thousands of other cases that just get shuffled under the rug for decades. Now that's media objectivity for you.