BYU Education & Law Journal


female educators, Anglo-American schools, English speaking schools, child abuse, sexual abuse


A 2004 literature review commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education estimated that one in every ten students would experience sexual harassment or abuse at the hands of an educator during their time in public schools. Even more alarming, multiple studies within Shakeshaft’s 2004 review suggested that this issue goes well beyond the reported data. At that time, leading social science research estimated that only 6% of children who were victims of educator sexual misconduct reported it. With significant developments in digital communications technologies since that 2004 study, researchers in the U.S. Department of Education have estimated that the number of these cases has increased given that 35% of the 4.5 million recorded cases in 2014 involved social media. Furthermore, at the time of this article’s writing, no known national database for recording and reporting instances of educator sexual misconduct (hereafter ESM) exists.