Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic
A couple weeks ago, we did a show on educator sexual misconduct. We focused on the prevalence of sex abuse in the classroom, and what is being done about it — or not — by both school administrators and state legislatures. Due to the overwhelming response we received from that segment, both in terms of your calls and emails, we've decided to do a follow-up piece. This time we're talking about the telltale signs of abuse; coping mechanisms and the emotional impact on students; and new digital trends — like texting, instant messaging, and social networking sites — that have enabled this problem to persist undetected. Tell us your story. Have you had to deal with this issue in a personal way? As you look back on it now, were there warning signs? How did the community respond? What kind of impact did the abuse have on you, and how did you cope? And did texting or sites like MySpace and Facebook come into play?