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The Amy Hestir (HESTER) Davis Child Protection Act would make some changes to the current hiring process for teachers in public schools. The bill which state representative recently introduced, is designed to protect children from sexual misconduct in the classroom. The Missouri State Teacher's Association has some concerns with the legislation. KSMU's Emily Nash reports. (KSMU's Missy Shelton contributed to this report).
When Amy Davis was entering 7th grade she started spending extra time after school and on the weekends with her male teacher.
Amy says she would meet her teacher in the classroom during his planning hour and he would take long drives to her home before dropping her off.
Amy says, when they started having sexual relations, she didn't think the situation was abusive.
"And at the time that it happens you don't think of yourself as being in an abusive situation, you don't think of yourself being engaged by a what is a true pedophile. You think that you are more grown up and more mature and you have somehow earned the attention of the adult, when in fact, they are preying on you."
The relationship got increasingly sexual, and finally Amy wanted out.
But Amy says her teacher told her not to tell anyone about their relationship.
"He just expressed a lot of negative consequences to me and an outcome that would be negative on my family in my home town if I uh came forward and told anybody and I believed him when he said no one would believe me over him. He had a lot of status in the coaching the position that he had and that his word was going to be so much more believable than mine was. For the person I was at that age, I believed that. I don't believe that now."
Amy told her teacher she didn't want to have sex with him any more, but wanted to be friends instead.
The teacher then raped Amy, and ended their relationship completely.
10 years went by before Amy told anyone about this teacher.
But because of the statute of limitations, the teacher was not prosecuted for sexual misconduct.
Amy says it has been a struggle for her to understand that the relationship was not her fault.
"I doubt that I am the person today that I was meant to be. Its been a struggle to get past this to and to get over the idea that I didn't chose this, I didn't chose for this to happen. It was chosen for me by an adult."
The Amy Hestir Davis Child Protection Act would force schools to be more aware of teachers who have shown signs of sexual misconduct.
She says she hopes telling her story will help other victims of sexual misconduct feel confident to come forward.
"It's a horrible thing that has happened, however, to be able to use it for the good to make people aware that this is happening and that it has gone on for a long time and it is happening and that they need to protect their children and be aware of the danger signs, I
think it is the best thing, and really the only thing that I can do good with what happened to me."
For more information about stopping sexual misconduct in schools, we have a link to a sexual misconduct prevention web site at KSMU.ORG.
The legislation dealing with sexual misconduct by teacher sis causing concern among some education groups. We'll have more on that in the 2nd part of our report.
Join us tomorrow morning at 7:30 for the second story in this series.