15. Hidden in plain sight. When teaching becomes touching.

A mother’s fight for justice for her daughter. This is Stephanie’s story of how she found out about her daughter’s gym teacher inappropriately touching her and her classmates on school grounds. It’s a story of anger, outrage and a relentless fight parents are taking on for their girls. 

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Petition: https://www.change.org/p/representative-scott-lipps-gross-sexual-imposition-with-a-minor-sentence-reform?recruiter=6162395&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=31dc4f70-583d-11e6-a7e3-b1ab9584210e&utm_content=fht-22625108-en-us%3Av2

Welcome to episode #15 of A Mom’s Life 

On this episode: 

-Stephanie explains why she’s sharing her story.

-The phone call she received from the police department.

-What was going through her mind.

-How she found out it was the gym teacher. 

-Her confusion.

-How she found out it wasn’t solely her daughter. 

-The meeting she and her husband had with the police.

-The videos they had to watch to identify their daughter. 

-The surveillance video. The doorbell. 

-Talking to her daughter about what happened. 

-Why her daughter didn’t speak up.

-The overnight switch in her daughter’s demeanor. 

-Who the teacher is, according to Stephanie.

-Katie has a connection to this gym teacher. 

-The guilt she feels as a parent as a result of what happened.
-The advice she has for parents. 

-How her daughter is now.

-The charges, the arrest, the trial, the verdict, the sentence.

-How the parents feel now. 

-The petition for harsher sentencing 

-The gym teacher’s response.

-The bond that her, her husband, and the other parents have created. 

-The action they continue to take.

-Why you shouldn’t apologize for the way you parent.

-The  final words she has for her daughter’s gym teacher. 

Mike’s Minute

-A minute with our Licensed Independent Social Worker:
-How to talk to your child about inappropriate touching?

-At what age do you begin?

-Should we apologize for the way we parent?

-Having open conversations with our kids.

-Signs that your child might have experienced something like this.

-The guilt parents feel.

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Next week, we unpack this issue even further. 

A deeper dive into inappropriate relationships with children, touching, abuse.

We also hear from another local family impacted by this teacher and the fight to get Erin’s Law passed in Ohio. 

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