A February Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) investigation revealed widespread sexual abuse of schoolboys by teachers in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.
IWPR said it discovered an alarming rate of alleged abuse by teachers in conversations with more than 50 students and with education and government officials.
Students said they were offered good grades for sexual favors or threatened with failure if they did not submit to sexual acts with teachers. They said students were forced to change schools or drop out of school to avoid predatory teachers.
While police and school officials are aware of the problem, they say they can only act if the boys’ families press charges. But because of families’ concerns about shame and honor, as well as lack of faith in judicial services, most cases are never reported.
From MATC student Katie Travis for World Issues Journalism class