An after-school program assistant at All Saints Catholic School in Hayward, California has been arrested on charges of child molestation.
Mia Cummings, 29, of Oakland, is accused of sexually abusing a now 14-year-old student from the time he was 12 years old.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, at least five incidents happened in the kitchen of the school, which is overseen by the Oakland Diocese.
Cummings’ sister told KGO that the student had seduced the aide. She said her sister had confided to her that the student rubbed up against her, and that Cummings told him that his behavior was “not okay.”
As an attorney representing victims of child sexual abuse, I hear this type of rhetoric too often. When an adult commits sexual acts with a child, it is a crime.
90% of children who are sexually abused are abused by someone they know and trust.
Predators will spend time grooming a child until the child is comfortable and the predator has gained their trust. Then, when the sexual act happens, the victim often feels as if they complied with the sex.
While many victims are compliant victims, a child can never consent to sex with an adult. Compliant victims often have an especially difficult time coming forward, but healing cannot begin without a full disclosure.
It is my hope that by breaking his silence, the victim in this case feels empowered enough to begin the healing journey.