A new study by the Center for American Progress finds that states have made strides in preventing the sexual exploitation of children in their public schools, but that progress has not been uniform.
The study is the first to examine the prevalence of child sexual exploitation in the U.S. as a whole and the states that have made significant strides.
The Center for the Study of Institutions and the New Economy, a research and policy group at the liberal-leaning Center forAmerican Progress, analyzed data from the FBI’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) from 2007 to 2015, which collects victimization data for schools, colleges and universities across the country.
The NCVS collects data on the ages of children, sexual offenses, and sexual victimization, as well as data about the types of school environments and other factors.
In addition, the survey collects information on the characteristics of students and staff, and on teachers, administrators, principals, students and others who work in the schools.
In states with the highest numbers of sexual assaults in the nation, including Washington, D.C., and California, the Center found that the states with most school sexual assaults had the most aggressive policies.
Washington, the nation’s second-most populous state, has made a number of significant efforts to prevent sexual assault in schools, including implementing an education prevention strategy, instituting mandatory sexual assault training for teachers, increasing the number of law enforcement officers in schools to investigate sexual assaults, and creating a task force that provides recommendations to the state’s public schools.
But in a list of states with significant rates of sexual assault, the study found that, while Washington has made significant improvements in preventing sexual assault at schools, the results have not been uniformly consistent.
Washington State has the second-highest rate of sexual offenses against students and school staff, at 13.3 incidents per 1,000 students.
New Jersey has the lowest rate at 1.9 per 1.00, followed by New Hampshire at 2.3, Oregon at 2, and Alaska at 2 (see graphic below).
While Washington and New Jersey have had notable progress, the states still lagged behind in their efforts to address sexual violence and other types of abuse at schools.
Washington has a high number of reports of sexual misconduct and physical assault of students, but the state is only at 10.8 per 1 for every 1,00,000, compared with New Jersey’s 8.6 and Oregon’s 8, according to the study.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that nearly 40% of students in Washington state are victims of sexual violence.
That number is also well above the national average, which is 10.4%.
The survey also found that about 4.3% of teachers are sexual predators and another 4.7% are victims, which puts the rate of reported sexual misconduct at 14.4 per 1 million teachers in the state.
The state has also had a history of high numbers of student sexual assaults.
In 2012, a high school teacher sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in the school parking lot.
The Washington Post reported that the school district, which operates about 5,500 schools, is responsible for more than 60% of reported school sexual assault.
In 2014, a teacher was charged with rape after allegedly forcing a 16-year old girl to perform oral sex on him while she was drunk.
At least one school in Washington, including the high school, has been named the victim of a teacher-initiated sexual assault after a video surfaced that showed the teacher being filmed by a fellow teacher.
That video was later made public by the Washington Post and has led to the resignation of several teachers in that school district.
In all, more than 1,300 school districts in the Washington area have reported at least one reported sexual assault to law enforcement since 2007.
The report also found a marked drop in the number and type of sexual attacks in schools over the past decade, and the overall rate of child abuse.
But the report found that school districts have not made much progress on reducing sexual assaults at schools in general.
“Despite the significant efforts made to address these problems, data suggest that there remains a significant number of children and youth who have been sexually exploited in public schools,” the report states.
For example, there were about 6,000 reported incidents of child sex abuse in public and private schools in 2007, but by 2014 that number had fallen to 1,500.
By contrast, there have been about 8,000 reports of child molestation in public education in Washington since 2007, and in that same period there has been an increase of more than 30%.
The study found no evidence that states that had more aggressive laws to address child sexual abuse in schools had seen the number or types of sexual abuse drop.
“There are still children and young people who have not recovered from sexual abuse and there are still teachers and principals who are responsible for perpetuating this culture of violence,” said Jennifer Seidel, the author of the