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Reports of sexual assault at schools on the rise, but the reasons are unclear

August 2, 2019


Though the #MeToo movement has drawn attention to the issue of sexual harassment, especially in colleges and the workplace, the issue is also a growing factor in K-12 education.

While some instances of sexual assault clearly go unreported, the AP found 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults at schools from the school years beginning in 2011 and ending in 2015. Some of the assaults that happen at schools are caused by teachers or staff, but roughly 20% of educators also suffer sexual harassment or assaults.

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