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Prof. Discusses “Silent Epidemic” Impacting Special Education Students

Mary Lou Bensy, adjunct professor of special education, was interviewed for a article titled “Sexual predators at schools target most vulnerable children, those with disabilities: study.”

According to the article Professor Bensy and co-researchers were among the first to conduct a study specific to the sexual exploitation of special education students in a school setting. In Pennsylvania, reports of sexual misconduct by educators have increased over the past five years for various reasons, ranging from changed reporting requirements to a proliferation of access to students through new forms of technology.

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