The academic institution that had been my (Lori Handrahan) professional home, American University (AU), has a problem with child sex abuse. In 1990, AU’s president, Richard Berendzen called over one hundred day cares seeking sex with children. He contacted Susan Eva Allen, a mother operating a day care whose husband was a detective with Fairfax County Police Department.
Susan Allen recorded more than 30 hours of conversation. Berendzen asked Allen if “she and her husband included their children in sex.” He told her he masturbated while talking with her and offered to procure a child for her to use as a “sex slave.” He “described going to sex slave auctions in Chicago and Detroit,” bragged about his abuse of children, his child porn collection, the four year old girl who was his “sex slave” and strapping his wife to a wheel.
Berendzen never spent a day in jail nor has he yet been investigated for child sex crimes. He remains a professor at American University. In what appears to be obstruction of justice, American University protected Berendzen. There is no statute of limitation for child sex abuse crimes at the federal level. Berendzen could and should be investigated.
Child sex trafficking and pedophilia have reached epidemic levels, FBI’s Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation, Joseph Campbell announced this summer in an interview with the BBC. More than 85% of all child porn convicts are, according to the US Sentencing Commission, white men.
Over the summer higher education also racked up more than a few child porn arrests. After a University of North Dakota professor was arrested The Dakota Student asked “We can’t help but wonder if this type of thing is common in other schools around the nation?”
Lori Handrahan details over forty educators arrested on child rape and torture, aka child porn, charges. Both the volume and type of crime should raise alarm bells. Yet academic institutions have remained silent. Damage control is the strategy. Protect the institution — the rallying cry.
Since August at least two professors per week have been arrested, arraigned or sentenced.
Read the rest of Lori's article here. Beware, there is a little graphic language.