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Inappropriate Teacher-Student Relationships on the Rise

The percentage of New York City school staffers having inappropriate relations with students soared 30% in 2004, and associate professor Marla Brassard said this is despite schools' efforts to prevent such behavior.  "Any time you put fully sexually mature people together, there is sexual attraction. Schools do a good job policing, but it still happens," said Brassard who teaches in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies.

The City's report corresponds to a national trend.  A recent report by the U.S. Department of Education found more than 4.5 million students endure treatment ranging from lewd comments to forced sexual acts by school employees.

The article, entitled "Staffer-Student Trysts Up 30% in City," appeared in the January 10 edition of the Daily News.
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