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for the VP Team
I am a teacher.
Today, I learned that one of my school administrators has a known history of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching -- of colleagues, not of students**.
There is, I have just learned, a campus-wide unspoken policy to warn young women teachers (who seem to be his target demographic) about him.
I started teaching at this school six years ago -- when I was, by any common definition, a young woman teacher.
No one warned me.
In the interim, I developed a certain collegial relationship with this person. I respect(ed) him.
Some of the people who came forward with this information tonight are people who I also know and trust and who have been personal victims. I do not doubt the veracity of their statements.
But I have been working with this person for six years, have developed professional -- and personal -- ties with this person, and no one warned me.
And right now, no one understands why I am upset.
I am not in any immediate danger, but I am having trouble reconciling -- the colleague I respected with a predator, as well as the group of colleagues I respected who... (right now this feels like) never bothered to give me information pertinent to my safety and can't now understand why this hurts.
Help me process?***
** I fully understand the mandatory reporting statutes in my area and am in complete compliance with them.
*** Please no talk of official HR/law enforcement stuff right now. I am acutely aware of the details of moving forward in those spheres. Can this please be the space where I am concerned about me personally feeling safe in my place of employment?