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The Reasons Why Sexual Abuse in California Public and Private Schools Like MacLaren Hall Goes Largely Unreported
It’s impossible to quantify the extent of the problem in America’s schools because there’s no national database tracks instances of sexual abuse of students by employees in K-12 public or private schools.
But evidence, based on the pages of newspapers and online news sites across the country, suggests something close to an epidemic.
Across both public and private Southern California school districts, some professionals are ignoring that responsibility, choosing to keep things quiet rather than “ruin lives” of co-workers and suffer the mark of bad publicity.
As a result, victims of sexual abuse are settling lawsuits with school districts that failed their students, costing taxpayers more than $313 million in the past seven years.
Here are just a few alarming statistics connecting sexual misconduct to California public and private schools.
- Positions that are typically perpetrators of sexual abuse include general education teachers (68%), coaches (21%), and music/art teachers (9%).
- The perpetrators are typically male (67%), white (78%), with an average age of 36 years old.
- 1 in 10 students will experience sexual misconduct from a school official by the time they graduate from high school.
- Locations of sexual abuse against students include at school or during school events (53%), outside of school (53%), and online (19%).
A yearlong investigation by the Southern California News Group of nearly 1,900 pages of documents and more than 100 hours of recorded police interviews revealed a more than decade-long pattern of covering up sex abuse allegations.
Recent Sexual Abuse Case Information Against MacLaren Children’s Center
MacLaren Hall, also called Mac Hall, was an institution for children that closed in disgrace In 2003 as some of its former inhabitants began speaking out about sexual abuse at the facility.
The bottom line is that administrators should be held accountable for the abuses that went on for so many years–choosing to protect abusers rather than kids..
McLaren began housing over 4,000 children and non-delinquent minors at its peak.
Children frequently ran away, violence was common, and the facility was notoriously overcrowded.
Many reports by former residents of over-medication, beatings, restraints, confinement to a small punishment room, rape, and other forms of sexual assault make Mac Hall a supposedly dangerous and traumatizing place.
Two women, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 in a lawsuit filed against the county of Los Angeles, are now 54 and 61 years old, respectively.
They allege that while housed at MacLaren they were subjected to forced vaginal intercourse, oral sex, digital penetration, groping and other sexual abuse.
Maclaren Hall finally shut down when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Los Angeles County for failing to provide sufficient medical care for the children, including:
- Children either received no appropriate treatment or only treatment one hour a week
- Lack of proper training for Maclaren Hall staff and other social workers
- Treated as a semi-permanent rather than temporary housing facility
- Favoring saving money over the best interests of children
- Merely documenting mental health needs of rather than providing the needed care
The Shield Justice Online team believes that underage victims of sexual abuse and families that suffered as well should be able to address MacLaren Children’s Center and get the compensation and justice.
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