In light of the school sex abuse scandal in Los Angeles, legal experts, child protection organizations, and concerned parents are questioning who to blame. In a statement to the Christian Science Monitor, Professor Lisa Smith said that regardless of who the courts determine are financially liable, society already expects the schools to be responsible. “That basic belief means that when sexual abuse occurs in an institution everyone expects a thorough investigation of how this happened, who knew, what were the signs and who should have known,” she said. “It is the responsibility of every member of the staff – up to and including the principals, deans and others, to protect the young people with whom they are working.”
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