The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Haley Halverson: We Must Stop Minimizing the Sexual Abuse of Boys
By Haley Halverson
Stephanie Peterson, a former middle school teacher in New Smyrna Beach Florida, has been arrested after she was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy.
However, if you go by most major news coverage you will find headline after headline characterizing this crime as “having sex,” a “sexual relationship,” or even a “sex romp.”
This 14-year-old boy was not “having sex” with his teacher. He was being sexually abused.
The 14-year-old boy in question was first in Peterson’s class when he was in 7th grade. In 8th grade, he worked as a teacher’s aid for her. Peterson began sending him nude images on Instagram and Snapchat and buying him marijuana, in addition to sexually abusing him.