Sexual Violence Isn’t Just a College Problem. It Happens in K-12 Schools, Too.


Dea Goodman, photographed with her daughter at their home in Sterling Heights, Mich., says her 15-year-old daughter was wrongly expelled after reporting that she was sexually assaulted in a car in her high school parking lot in May 2015. (photo: Salwan Georges/WP)
Dea Goodman, photographed with her daughter at their home in Sterling Heights, Mich., says her 15-year-old daughter was wrongly expelled after reporting that she was sexually assaulted in a car in her high school parking lot in May 2015. (photo: Salwan Georges/WP)

 

Emma Brown | The Washington Post | Reader Supported News | January 18, 2016

er eighth-grade classmate kept asking her to have sex in the bathroom. Tired of the badgering, she asked a teacher’s aide for help, and the aide outlined a plan: Lure the boy. Meet him in the bathroom. Catch him in the act.

The 14-year-old girl agreed, but the impromptu sting operation went horribly wrong. Inside a bathroom stall at their Alabama middle school, the boy forced himself on her before anyone showed up to stop him. When nurses treated her, they found the kind of injuries caused by rape.

The attack was an extreme example of sexual violence in the nation’s K-12 schools and the alleged failure of educators to protect a girl in their care, something that activists and federal officials say is happening too often across the country.

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