Thank you for running the AP's special report on teacher sexual misconduct (Oct. 21-23). The issues rarely get the unbiased attention they deserve.
It is unsettling when the "court of public opinion" either convicts or vindicates an accused perpetrator before a case has been decided by a judge. How can anyone speak out on these matters, either for or against, without all of the facts?
Even more unsettling, however, is how victims of such crimes are treated by peers, parents, neighbors and the community in which they live. This often occurs even after a court has convicted a sexual offender, and this is perhaps the saddest and most shameful situation of all. Victims shouldn't be punished twice.
If nothing more, I hope the series will inform our community about the long-lasting pain and suffering endured by victims of teacher sexual misconduct, by both the crime itself, and the scrutiny endured in the aftermath of public exposure.
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