Police sexual abuse continues across the country, almost twenty years after the issue became a national controversy and the IACP issued guidelines on how police departments can and should prevent all forms of sexual misconduct by police officers.

A story in the Louisville Courier Journal on May 18, 2017 reported in the past 40 years at least 137 girls and 26 boys have allegedly been raped, seduced or “otherwise exploited” in 28 states. The youngest victims reported to be 13 years old.

The issue of sexual abuse of women of all ages became a national controversy as a result of a 2002 report on Driving While Female by Professor Sam Walker of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Dawn Irlbeck, now a professor at Creighton University.  A follow-up 2003 report Police Sexual Abuse of Teenage Girls focused on teenagers enrolled in Police Explorer programs.

In response to the national controversy, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) published a 2011 report on Addressing Sexual Offenses and Misconduct by Law Enforcement.

Read the 2017 story from the Louisville Courier-Journal and USA Today: DWBLouisville2017