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Commentary: LAUSD shows indifference to sex abuse victims

LA School Report | September 22, 2015

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By Sandy Banks

When it comes to handling sexual misconduct by teachers, the Los Angeles Unified School District loses even when it wins.

The district was let off the hook by jurors in a lawsuit filed by a middle school girl who’d been coaxed into sex, on and off campus, by her math teacher. The teacher was sentenced to prison for the abuse in 2011. But the district was absolved of blame in the civil trial over whether it had been negligent in supervising the teacher.

Last week a state Court of Appeal threw out that verdict and blasted the tactics the district employed: blaming and shaming the 13-year-old victim by casting her as a sexual sophisticate and willing partner.

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