Unwanted fondling was the most common form of assault, but about one in five of the students assaulted were raped, sodomized, or penetrated with an object, according to AP's analysis of the federal incident-based crime data.
About 5 percent of the sexual violence involved 5- and 6-year-olds.
Bill Howe, a former K-12 teacher who spent 17 years overseeing Connecticut's state compliance with Title IX, the federal law used to help protect victims of sexual assault in schools. Schools have broadly interpreted rules protecting student and juvenile privacy to withhold basic information about sexual attacks from their communities.
Victims and their families face high legal thresholds to successfully sue school districts for not maintaining safe learning environments.
"There is—as there should be—always an inclination to believe allegations of sexual assault at the outset," district lawyer Melissa Hewey said in an email to AP.
"But sometimes, the evidence compels the conclusion that those allegations are false." "The little boys who were accused," she said, "are the real victims in this case and they deserve to be protected." Children remain most vulnerable to sexual assaults by other children in the privacy of a home, according to AP's review of the federal crime data, which allowed for a more detailed analysis than state education records.
But schools—where many more adults are keeping watch, and where parents trust their kids will be kept safe—are the No.
2 site where juveniles are sexually violated by their peers.
For every adult-on-child sexual attack reported on school property, there were seven assaults by students, AP's analysis of the federal crime data showed.
Schools frequently were unwilling or ill-equipped to address the problem, AP found, despite having long been warned by the U. Supreme Court that they could be liable for monetary damages.
Chaz walks down Maine Street in Brunswick, Maine, on Feb. Chaz has testified that he was raped by other kids three times in his first year in junior high, even after repeatedly complaining of harassment to teachers and administrators.
Chaz’s saga is more than a tale of escalating bullying. S., thousands of students have been sexually assaulted, by other students, in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—a hidden horror educators have long been warned not to ignore. The classmates who tormented him were children, too, entering the age of pimples and cracking voices.
Chaz's saga is more than a tale of escalating bullying. S., thousands of students have been sexually assaulted, by other students, in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—a hidden horror educators have long been warned not to ignore.