Introduction

Our society resonates with the negative health effects of sexual violence and abuse: obesity, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, increased alcohol and drug use, plus an increased likelihood of committing a sexual offense, have all been documented effects of sexual abuse on society (Irish et al., 2010, Casey et al., 2009, Perry et al, 1995). An astounding estimated 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 males in the United States will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18 and will likely experience many of the above negative health effects as a result (Finkelhor et al., 1990). Sadly, many children are experiencing this abuse at the hands of trusted professionals. This webpage examines child sexual abuse in K-12 schools.