Teacher Sex Abuse Arrests on the Rise

While the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church has certainly grabbed the majority of headlines since 2002, a new abuse phenomenon is springing up: teachers who abuse their minor students. Since 2005, 10 teachers have been arrested on sex abuse charges in the Tampa Bay area alone. While these are not as significant to the priest abuse problems, the numbers should alarm any concerned parent. Parents must continue to keep a watchful eye on their children who are threatened by child sex predators in their classrooms, in their places of worship, at sporting events, and on the Internet. Monitoring of their activity is one key to prevention. Another important aspect of keeping our kids safe is talking to them so they are aware of potential dangers.