Courts are seeing more allegations of child sexual abuse these days in child custody and neglect / abuse cases are before them. When should child protective services workers substantiate abuse because the forensic evidence is there rather than writing the allegations off as being prompted by a parent seeking custody?
Children today are at much greater risk because of the ability of so many to be connected through email, text and social media--and the potential for them to become victims of sexual predators.
And then there are the sexual predators who lurk among the people parents trust the most with their children: teachers, coaches, priests.
The news reports today increasingly are exposing persons who have abused that trust and molested children.
David Leonhardt writes in the New York Times Op-Ed Section today about his personal experiences at the Horace Mann School where a conspiracy of silence allowed teachers to sexually molest children.
The truth came out in 2012. This happened to be about the same time that The Boston Globe exposed the decades of coverup by the Diocese of Boston of predatory priests.
Sometimes "silence is golden." However, when people who are in charge conceal sexual predatory conduct, it can be the cause of life-long suffering for the victims of such coverups. You can read that NY Times article here.Leonhardt, D. (2017, November 6). The Conspiracy of Inaction on Sexual Abuse and Harassment. The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2017, from https://tinyurl.com/y7ybpsxv