CINCINNATI - The case of former Mason High School teacher is re-igniting a vigorous debate on whether the legal system treats women sex offenders differently than men.
Schuler served only one year of a four-year prison sentence after admitting having sex with five of her former students.
During Schuler's case prosecutors painted her as the aggressor toward the teenagers, a position backed up by taped interviews with Mason police that were released Thursday.
One of them said he and a friend were in disbelief that their teacher made advances to them when all three were in her bedroom.
"She was trying to be flirty and touchy," he said. "It was made clear to my friend and I that she wanted more and we weren't really expecting that."
Other recent notable sex abuse cases involve former Dixie Heights High School teacher Sarah Jones and former Highlands High School teacher Andrea Conners.
Jones pled guilty to sex abuse, but avoided jail time and having to register as a sexual offender. Conners served 90 days of a five-year sentence, will perform 500 hours of community service and will have to register as a sex offender.
Dr. Stuart Bassman of Professional Psychological Corp. calls that a double standard. He's counseled male and female perpetrators and victims of sex abuse for years.
"Men and women that are convicted of sexual abuse are treated differently," he said. "To a great extent, when a man has been convicted of some type of sexual abuse, a crime of a sexual nature, the crime, the severity, and the sentencing is much longer than a woman would be given."
The question is why?
"Because society does not recognize that women could sexually abuse. That's the bottom line," he said. "There is a denial that women could sexually abuse boys and that boys can be victims."
He pointed to the movie "The Summer of 42" as just one of many examples.
"Here is a movie depicts a young boy coming into his own, when in fact he was molested by an older woman," he said.
According to Dr. Bassman, an Adam Sandler movie depicting a man being assaulted by a teacher is considered a comedy.
The solution, he said, is educating the public that boys can be victims of women acting out in a sexually abusive way.
Faculty members at the University of Cincinnati Teacher's College know that they're preparing future educators to face a vastly different world than just 10 years ago.
John Holbrook, Assistant Director for Academics and Secondary Field Placement Coordinator, said that sex abuse, social media and a wide range of other topics have been added to the curriculum.
"What are appropriate contacts, inappropriate contacts, ways to reach out to students, ways not to contact students," he said. "It's everything from the physical touch and proximity in the classroom to those social media outlets."
Holbrook said that's especially important in this day of Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
"You've got to have appropriate contact with students and using social media is often times misleading to students and can create some unnatural communication between students and teachers," he said. "It may be seemingly harmless, but it turns into something much more."
Before teachers-to-be ever enter a classroom, they have to fill out a "Good Moral Character and Conduct" form that's required by the Ohio Revised Code. Background checks with local police and the FBI are conducted as well.
"It's a through that process that we begin to investigate students and make sure that they are appropriate to go into school settings," he stated.
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