Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press uncovered roughly 17,000 official reports of sex assaults by students over a four-year period, from fall 2011 to spring 2015.
Though that figure represents the most complete tally yet of sexual assaults among the nation’s 50 million K-12 students, it does not fully capture the problem because such attacks are greatly under-reported, some states don’t track them and those that do vary widely in how they classify and catalog sexual violence. A number of academic estimates range sharply higher.
The FREE SSAIS video Sexual Harassment: Not in Our School! addresses this problem in K-12 schools, featuring experts like Adele Kimmel – Senior Attorney with Public Justice and contributor to the AP investigation. The SSAIS video shares the facts of sexual harassment and assault and Title IX rights. Please view the video at ssais.org/video and then share it.
You can read the AP feature story, which quotes Adele, online here:
AP has also published a set of guidelines for parents, which was put together by Adele and sent across the wire this morning. Those are available here:
And, there is a television news piece that has been distributed to TV stations across the country, which also features Adele. That video is online here: