School District Blames Girl for Rape by Teacher

In California, the Los Angeles Unified School District has blamed a 14-year-old girl after she was molested by her 8th grade teacher.

After discovering that math teacher Elkis Hermida had a sexual relationship with his student, he was sent to prison for his crime.

During the civil trial, the LAUSD asked to have the student’s sexual history made part of  the record, claiming she was sexually sophisticated and could then consent to sex. They also said she  was partially responsible, and that she was more mature due to prior relationships.

An appeal court ruled in favor of the student, and lambasted the school district for, among other things, “ maintain[ing] that a minor student who is the victim of sexual abuse by a teacher bears responsibility for preventing that abuse.”

A 14-year-old child is neither mentally nor legally able to consent to a sexual relationship with an adult, apropos of nothing. It is frightening that a school district, who is supposed to be protecting the children in its jurisdiction, would ever think otherwise.

The full story is available here  at The Atlantic.

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