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2014 A Banner Year for the S.E.S.A.M.E. Bill

With the passage of Pennsylvania's prohibition on 'passing the trash', S.E.S.A.M.E. is poised to support other states to adopt the S.E.S.A.M.E. bill.

Our board is currently working on a recap of last year's activities. Please check back for an update. 

Click here to watch S.E.S.A.M.E. President, Terri Miller and Vice President, John Seryak speaking in DC September 2014...

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New Book by SESAME friend Andrea Clemens

SESAME friend Andrea Clemens' new book: Invisible Target is now available.  SESAME highly recommends Andrea's courageous story.

invisible target

Over the past several years, I turned my personal experience into a book titled Invisible Target. Below is a short summary of the book.

Nearly 1 in 10 students between kindergarten and their senior year of high school will experience some sort of sexual harassment by a school employee. That equals 4.5 million students.

Invisible Target is a true, detailed account of one girl’s experience of sexual abuse at the hands of her middle school teacher. It follows her journey, beginning with her tumultuous childhood, meeting the teacher, and the grooming process he created to lure her into a false sense of trust and ultimate betrayal. Years of abuse and manipulation finally culminated where she was able to bravely break away from him.

Ten years later, after reclaiming her life and freedom, she was contacted by local police, indicating that this teacher was in custody for statutory rape of two fourteen year old girls. In the midst of local media attention, her statement to the police was pivotal in assisting the District Attorney to secure a plea bargain from the teacher, where he was previously claiming he was innocent.

With excerpts from newspaper articles and actual court impact statements from the victims, this book gives the reader a clear picture of how the prevalent epidemic of educator sexual abuse begins, progresses, and affects so many innocent lives.

This book will serve as a strong educational tool for students, parents, teachers, and administrators by shedding light on the dynamics of educator sexual abuse, so schools can be safe havens for every child.

Sen. Williams’ Leadership Helps PA School Districts Stop ‘Passing the Trash’

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15, 2014 — Under state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ leadership, the House of Representatives today sent legislation to the governor’s desk that, if signed into law, would prevent schools from quietly transferring or hiring teachers, coaches and staff who have sexually exploited, abused or harassed students.”

House Bill 1816, a proposal that started with Sen. Williams’ Senate Bill 46 in January 2013, won the lower chamber’s final approval this afternoon, 195-0.

“Too many of our daughters, sons, relatives and neighbors have fallen victim to teachers, coaches and administrators disguised as people our children could trust,” Sen. Williams said following the House vote. “We’re just one step away from closing a bad loophole in Pennsylvania law that has allowed educators to find employment elsewhere, despite their criminal past.” Read more...


 


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Latest News...

New Book by SESAME friend Andrea Clemens

SESAME friend Andrea Clemens' new book: Invisible Target is now available.  SESAME highly recommends Andrea's courageous story.

invisible target

Over the past several years, I turned my personal experience into a book titled Invisible Target. Below is a short summary of the book.

Nearly 1 in 10 students between kindergarten and their senior year of high school will experience some sort of sexual harassment by a school employee. That equals 4.5 million students.

Invisible Target is a true, detailed account of one girl’s experience of sexual abuse at the hands of her middle school teacher. It follows her journey, beginning with her tumultuous childhood, meeting the teacher, and the grooming process he created to lure her into a false sense of trust and ultimate betrayal. Years of abuse and manipulation finally culminated where she was able to bravely break away from him.

Ten years later, after reclaiming her life and freedom, she was contacted by local police, indicating that this teacher was in custody for statutory rape of two fourteen year old girls. In the midst of local media attention, her statement to the police was pivotal in assisting the District Attorney to secure a plea bargain from the teacher, where he was previously claiming he was innocent.

With excerpts from newspaper articles and actual court impact statements from the victims, this book gives the reader a clear picture of how the prevalent epidemic of educator sexual abuse begins, progresses, and affects so many innocent lives.

This book will serve as a strong educational tool for students, parents, teachers, and administrators by shedding light on the dynamics of educator sexual abuse, so schools can be safe havens for every child.

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