Americans rightly came unglued when media revealed sex abuse and cover-ups in parts of the Catholic church. Today, society faces a substantially larger abuse crisis in public schools.
Locally, five school employees and a foreign exchange guardian were arrested on charges of sex crimes against children in just the past two months. Anyone who watches or reads local news in almost any market sees a veritable parade of teachers and coaches arrested on charges of having had sex with kids.
"Students in America's schools are groped. They're raped. They're pursued, seduced and think they're in love," reads the summary paragraph that kicked off an investigative series by the Associated Press in 2007. The agency spent 2006 investigating sex abuse in public schools and found a phenomenon that statistically dwarfed the church problem. The AP told of cover-ups by teachers, administrators and teachers unions. Few Americans saw the expose because most newspapers snubbed it.