A woman, now 28, called her former school teacher to confront her over the alleged sexual abuse that occurred back when she was in middle school—and posted a video of the exchange on YouTube.
The female teacher resigned from her current job at a different California school. Police are investigating the incident, but the statute of limitations may be an issue, Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said. It all depends on what the investigation reveals and what crimes may have occurred.
The former student, who once felt powerless, now says she feels vindicated knowing the ex-teacher is no longer working with children.
The former student, who calls herself "Jamie," said the abuse started when she was 12 years old.
"I am 28 years old and have been waiting years to get up enough courage to report a teacher for sexually abusing me for years," Jamie's caption on her YouTube video states.
"When I finally got up enough courage to report her, I found out that the statute of limitations was up and she will never have to pay for the things that she did to me." So she called up the teacher to confront her, taped the converstaion and posted it on YouTube. The video has now gone viral and the teacher has resigned.
Part of the exchange:
After the woman identified as the teacher picked up the phone, Jamie asked, "So what happens when a student comes in and says that they're having (a) sexual relationship with a teacher?"
"I would involve law enforcement," the woman said.
"So how is that any different from what you did" years ago, Jamie said.
"It's not," the woman replied.
"Do you realize that you brainwashed me, and you manipulated me, and that what you did was wrong?" Jamie asked.
"Yes. And I regret it," the woman responded.
"You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself," Jamie said, raising her voice.
"I am. I am," the woman said.
For information on what you need to know if you know or suspect your child is a victim of sexual assault read:
- What to Do if You Suspect Your Child has been Sexually Abused
- What to Do after Learning Your Child was Sexually Assaulted at College
- My Daughter Was Sexually Assaulted. Can I Sue?