Students demand action following sexual misconduct allegations at Benito Juarez

CHICAGO — Victims of sexual assault spoke out Wednesday night time, demanding that Chicago Public Schools make fast modifications when victims report sexual misconduct. 

Emotions ran excessive at Benito Juarez Community Academy, the place college students, academics and group members met to study extra about quite a few allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct.

A CPS native faculty council (LSC) member named Glenda, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, mentioned she is disgusted by the varsity’s response.

“After five allegations have come up since 2019 — five — some of these LSC members, you have said nothing,” she mentioned.

The sexual assault survivor accused the varsity’s principal and different LSC members of staying silent, says these allegations are towards workers members at the varsity. 

She provides that the primary allegation she heard as an LSC member was in Sept. 2019. 

“CPS says one is too many and Juarez has had more than one over the last five years,” mentioned a girl who didn’t want to be recognized.

The girl instructed WGN that she was punished and ridiculed after talking up about sexual assault on two events. She mentioned a change of tradition is required.

“I can only imagine how our students feel when they have to report these incidents to staff members and they don’t listen,” she mentioned.

Another teen woman, who didn’t want to be recognized, mentioned that whereas she doesn’t attend Benito Juarez Community Academy, she suffered abuse throughout her sophomore year. 

After talking up about her abuse, she mentioned her faculty supplied minimal consolation.

“It’s really important to speak up about this because it’s disgusting knowing there are more schools doing this,” she mentioned.

Freshman Josajandy Alonso mentioned the allegations levied at the varsity council are alarming.

“I didn’t know this was happening and if I did, I would have chosen another school instead of this high school,” Alonso mentioned.

WGN News reached out to CPS for remark concerning allegations of sexual misconduct. CPS didn’t instantly return our requests.

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