A recent report involving inappropriate relationships between students and staff members in New York City makes Catholic Church issues seem tame by comparison.

Via the NY Post:

More than 100 city teachers, administrators and other school staffers have been caught in the last five years engaging in sexual or “inappropriate” relationships with students, The Post has learned.

The special commissioner of investigation for city schools, Richard Condon, has fielded 593 complaints about such illicit relationships since April 2009. His office substantiated 104 cases, it ¬revealed Friday…

…The student-staff hanky-panky constitutes only a fraction of all sexual-misconduct complaints, which include groping, molestation and assault. In 2013 alone, Condon’s office received 566 complaints against Department of Education employees with a “sexual component.”  It opened 233 investigations and substantiated 24 percent, or 58, Condon reports.

When you compare these numbers to the Catholic Church, the disparity is disturbing.

Via the Media Report:

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), the independent research organization out of Georgetown University, has been tracking abuse data regarding United States Catholic clergy for several years. CARA issues annual reports through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

According to CARA there have been 74 allegations that were deemed credible since 2005.

The report continues…

2004 U.S. Department of Education report reported that “the most accurate data available” reveals that “nearly 9.6 percent of [public school] students are targets of educator sexual misconduct sometime during their school career.”

This result prompted Hofstra University’s Dr. Charol Shakeshaft, the author of the study, to opine in 2006, “[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem? The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

Meanwhile, that same 2004 report cited an important study from the mid-1990s:

“In an early [1994] study of 225 cases of educator sexual abuse in New York, all of the accused had admitted to sexual abuse of a student but none of the abusers was reported to authorities.”

That is an important and alarming fact:

Number of abusive educators: 225
Number reported by school officials to police: 0

It seems like we are willfully ignoring another threat to our children.  If these numbers were sexual assaults in the military, there would be press conferences, bills written, victims paraded out for sympathy and civil rights comparisons.  Is it political correctness, or the desire to protect teachers that stops us from treating this like any other child sex scandal?  Who are we protecting, and why are we not protecting our children?