New York Targets Very Young for Sex Offences
Marshall, Andrew, The Independent (London, England)
SCHOOLS IN New York are targeting sexual harassment between children as young as four, a report yesterday said.
Although the idea might sound like political correctness run mad, there have been a series of sexual assaults by very young children against their peers in the United States. And the law has moved to clamp down on schools which fail to protect children from harassment.
Schools in the Chelsea area of New York City are to adopt guidelines which cover everything from rape to mild teasing, according to the New York Post.
Penalties range from counselling to suspension and legal prosecution. Until now, New York schools have targeted sexual harassment as part of a more general disciplinary code. But the new five-page plan will be posted to parents and put up in the schools to raise awareness of the issue.
Fred Kaeser, the director of health services for the area, told the Post: "Kids who are six can molest other kids." I get two calls about this a week from principals (headteachers) and faculty."
The crimes that will be penalised include the most violent acts of sexual assault, but also others where it may be harder to explain to children what is right and what is wrong. They include unwanted kissing, for example.
"With kindergarteners, first- and second-graders, it makes no sense to talk about what …
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Publication information: Article title: New York Targets Very Young for Sex Offences. Contributors: Marshall, Andrew - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 3, 2000. Page number: 11. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.