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div>Private School Abuse presents a series of criminal and improper acts often perpetrated on students by school faculty members, administrators or staff involving sexual assault of varying degrees. The assault can be a one-time, non-consensual encounter or it can include numerous assaults during an continuing interaction. For example, an continuing intimate encounter with a student, created by the predatory behavior of a faculty member, school administrator or staff and whether heading to physical consensual sex acts or not, is a form of abuse.
Student on student sexual assault is another form of abuse, which might be made worse by the school’s negligence to provide a safe environment that allowed the attack to happen. Inside the school population are students of varying ages, maturity and experiences. Younger students might be subjected to the predatory behavior of older, more mature students. Their behavior, coupled with peer-pressure exerted to both the attacker and the targeted victim, could lead to varying forms of abuse including sexual assault of varying degrees.
In all reported Boarding School Assault situations, a school administration’s megligence to entirely, adequately report the assault to law enforcement and other authorities, or its additional failure to investigate, address and deal completely with the matter increases the effects on the victim, the school community and potentially others. Recent Boarding School Abuse issues reported in the media exemplify these failures, including times where the perpetrator quietly departs the campus merely to assume employment somewhere else in a school environment.
abuse in boarding school pride themselves on their tiny, personal communities within a well-defined and safe campus. In this environment, faculty, administrators and staff are often much closer and familiar with students than might be expected in a non-boarding school situation. This may create both opportunity and cover to the would-be attacker and for the predatory behavior.
In some matters, the attacker could be a likeable and popular person, generally considered to be a enhancement to the school community. A targeted student might feel flattered that a well-liked superior in the school community is expressing special attention in him or her. Because of this popularity and integration in the school community, attack allegations against these attackers are often met with distrust, disbelief, and resistance from the community. Often, abusers have distance and morality problems which manifest themselves in unusually friendly relationships with students that are beyond what are commonly anticipated. This provides a predatory pathway and opportunity for the attack.
Most abusers, to differing amounts, employ predatory tactics that are generally known as “grooming,” or targeting a possible abuse victim. Following is a compilation of grooming methods used by predators that are in a position of authority in relation to the subordinate student.
Grooming is a major part of a predator’s ploy. In a boarding school situation, a predator often works closely with small numbers of students, knowing every student’s needs and vulnerabilities. Once a target is identified and selected, these vulnerabilities – like loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, or attention seeking behavior, could be systematically exploited in the following ways:
A predator may initially work to get the student’s trust. This step is the most difficult to see as boarding school communities are often tight-knit and personal interaction is commonplace. Here, the predator is likely part of a group of staff who are genuinely interested in the student’s wellness and achievement at the school.
As a predator creates a trusting relationship with the potential student-victim, the student will start to rely more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is exploiting and fulfilling. The victim will spend more time with the predator, feeling more comfortable with the relationship. In addition to attention and kindness, the possible victim might receive gifts from the predator, including valuable, gifts such as the promise of high grades, or a university recommendation letter. The reliance step is mainly where the predat