‘I See Nothing!’ : Media Turns Blind Eye to Rampant Sex Abuse In Chicago Schools

I see nothing - only decades-old accusations against Catholic priests

The media channels Sergeant Schultz: 'I see nothing! … except accusations against Catholic priests decades ago.'

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has "investigated 430 reports that school employees had sexually abused, assaulted or harassed students since 2011."

And in less than three months since Chicago schools created an office to specifically investigate sex abuse in its schools, it received over 600 allegations of abuse, with around five dozen of those involving accusations of sexual misconduct against teachers by students.

The stories are both numerous and stomach-turning: rape, groping, assault, sexting, you name it.

But it's not the Catholic Church

CPS' actions to finally address its longstanding epidemic of child sex abuse was spurred by a series of investigative reports earlier this year by the Chicago Tribune. Kudos to the Tribune for its gutsy, counter-narrative reporting. Its investigation is a must-see.

But outside of the Windy City, the story has garnered almost zero media attention.

However, when a Pennsylvania Attorney General stood in front of cameras this past summer claiming abuse by Catholic priests many decades ago – over half the priests were long since dead – it was an enormous international story with breathless headlines and hysteria everywhere.

Yet when rampant criminal sex abuse is happening today, not in a religious institution but all funded with everyone's tax dollars in a major American city, well, the media suddenly feels it has more important stories to cover.

Same as it ever was …


  1. Lola A says:

    Texas public schools received 1463 complaints of child sexual abuse by schools teacher in 2012-2018 (https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/11/29/high-school-teachers-assistant-dallas-charged-sexual-assault-student/) and Pennsylvania received 1200 complaints in 2017 alone (http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/child-protective-services-law-amendment-teacher-jail-philadelphia-school-district-abuse-20180721.html). It’s pretty clear that the media isn’t interested in child sex abuse unless Catholic clergy is involved.

  2. malcolm harris says:

    We know that Hollywood made a film called "Spotlight" a few years ago. Based upon the investigative work of journallists at the Boston Globe. Supposedly containing the sensational failings and cover-ups in the Catholic Church. Subsequently Dave Pierre, and others, have revealed the fantasies and exaggerations in this particular Hollywood hatchet job. Have to wonder if anybody will now make a fim about the revelations brought to light by the Chicago Tribune? But don't hold your breath! Because it's not about the Catholic Church….."so nothing to see here folks"




    • Dan says:

      "But I wasn't talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don't even eat with such people. It isn't my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, 'You must remove the evil person [or persons] from among you.' " 1 Cor 5:10-13

      In other words, you're not here to accuse and point your fingers at everyone else, but instead work on cleaning up your own Church, especially since it claims to be the moral authority and the One Holy True Church in the world. AKA – "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

  3. Julie says:

    Dan, Regrading your "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones," I am wondering what you think about the hundreds of pedophile clergy sex abuse cases recently uncovered in the Independent Fundementalist Baptist Churches in an investigative report by the Fort Worth Star Telegram? This is one of the stories: https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article222807340.html