I don’t usually write blogs about things like this though I have not actually done a search to see if advocates have been screaming about this issue or not. I posted an article on Facebook recently about a teacher who blamed having Aspergers for sexually assaulting a student. The teacher still kept his job from the way the story read. Could it be the way the world is these days? Is it a new trend?
The punishment for doing something like this is usually be placed on a register of some sort and the loss of the position that puts you in contact with children. The teacher involved actually got censured and needed 12 months of therapy with support.
I am no expert, but I am beginning to wonder if using Aspergers as an excuse or even say you are autistic might mean you end up having a more lenient form of punishment instead of other people. In this case it seems saying you have something could get you off scot free and with the possibility of offending again. It would be a worrying trend if it really does happen more often.
The basis of the article seems to treat the perpetrator as the victim and groups in Australia like Bravehearts and other child abuse groups would be appalled at what has happened. I do not know what happens in New Zealand is any different though the article did seem to be buried within the newspaper and I found it by chance.
I will leave this open for other people to think about. I am just a little minnow in a sea of sharks. The elephant in the room might be something that needs discussing very sertiously. The link for the article is below.
Teacher blames Aspergers for abuse