The Associated Press has uncovered roughly 17,000 official reports of sex assaults by K-12 students from fall 2011 to spring 2015. Such attacks are greatly under-reported. Some states don’t track them and those that do vary widely in how they classify and catalog sexual violence.
For two weeks in 2015, the bureau was a purveyor of Internet child porn with its “Operation Pacifier,” an online sting operation that led to charges against 186 people. But thousands of child-porn images were traded during the sting, and some wonder whether the FBI committed more serious crimes than those arrested.
As the Summer Olympics began in Brazil, the Indianapolis Star published an investigation of sexual abuse by gymnastics coaches. Four U.S. senators have expressed “deep concern” about USA Gymnastics’ handling of sex abuse allegations.