March 2, 2018

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.

Read the whole article here.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography.

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