PPS reckons with teacher sexual misconduct investigation

Keri Moran-Kuhn, the Coalition's associate director, was interviewed for a story on KGW about serial sexual abuse in the Portland Public School system.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former Portland Public Schools teacher and coach with a long history of alleged sexual misconduct involving students got away with his inappropriate behavior for years due to a lack of organization and inaction at PPS, an independent investigation found.

“It’s so frustrating and its really heartbreaking that its been going on so long,” said Keri Moran-Kuhn, the associate director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence. “All these students came forward, and were brave enough to talk about it, and were not believed.”

She reported a sexual assault; then, 6 years of silence

Vanessa Timmons, the Coalition's executive director, was interviewed for an article in The Oregonian about a 2011 sexual assault case in Clackamas County.

Vanessa Timmons, executive director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, a statewide advocacy group, said some women may feel comfortable speaking out given the current nationwide focus on rape, sexual assault and harassment.
 

"There is safety in numbers," said Timmons. "The narrative is out there and they feel like the community is responding well. People are responding in a good way. They are believing the survivor. They are listening to the story."

She reported a sexual assault; then, 6 years of silence (The Oregonian)