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Victim confronts accused abuser on social media

6:54 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - The story of a California woman and what she did on YouTube is quickly gaining ground nationwide.

The 28-year-old posted video of a phone conversation she recently had with a woman who taught her in middle school. In the video, she accuses her former teacher of sexually assaulting her when she was a little girl.

"I was only 12 years old when I met you," said the alleged victim in the video.

After 16 years, the woman, who calls herself Jamie, called the woman she says sexually abused her.

"You realize that you brain washed me and manipulated me, and what you did was wrong," asked Jamie.

"Yes, and I regret it," the teacher answered back.

Jamie recorded the conversation and put it on the internet.

"I have so many issues because of you," Jamie said in the recording.

"I just wanted to help you," said the teacher in return.

How is having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student helping," Jamie replied.

9NEWS psychologist, Dr. Max Wachtel, watched the video.

"You hear that a lot from perpetrators of sexual assault who show no remorse, and don't get it," Wachtel said.

"That wasn't anything I intended," the alleged abuser said. "I don't even know what happened."

Under California law, Jamie's abuse claims likely won't be fully investigated. The statute of limitations on the case ran out. But her course of action could signify a new form of coping.

"Victims need some sort of outlet for justice," Wachtel said. "I wouldn't be surprised if this type of thing starts to happen more often."

"What she can do is what she did, which is essentially public shaming," 9NEWS legal analyst Scott Robinson said.

The educator resigned from her current job as assistant principal once the video went viral.

Robinson says there would've likely been charges.

"It's fully admissible in any criminal trial, had not the statute of limitations passed," Robinson said.

Jamie technically did something illegal. Recording the conversation is against California law since both parties weren't aware of it. Jamie could be charged for what she did.

If they pursue charges, according to Robinson, California officials will likely be very lenient with Jamie.

In Colorado, there's no statute of limitations for sexual assault against a child. Colorado is a one party consent state, meaning Jamie legally could have recorded the call and her childhood teacher could be charged.

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