CPS sex abuse scandal: 'I am not the person I was before the assault'
In the span of 10 years, more than 500 students were sexually abused according to the Chicago Tribune.
Wedneday, two alleged victims shared their stories.
"I am not the person I was before the assault and I will never be the same," Tamara Reed said.
“CPS currently pays the teacher who sexually assaulted me, man who in his own words felt more affection to me than any other of his students, but claims innocence, a pension,” Morgan Aranda said.
The women said after enduring the abuse they were retraumatized when they were interrogated by Chicago Public School officials.
"I was pulled from class to sit alone in a room with an old man who asked not how I felt or what they could do to make me feel safe in my own school again, but what I was wearing when I was assaulted,” Aranda said.
Chicago Public School officials said they're working to improve school safety.
Lawmakers want to know why this didn't happen sooner.
At one point, a representative read newspaper headlines dated between 1984 and 1990.
"I am outraged, not by the fact that we don't have the policies and procedures in place, but by the fact that your people and people going back 32 years did nothing,” Rep. Steven Reick, R-Woodstock, said. “You shoved it under the rug."
Lawmakers vowed to change laws to ensure all kids are safe at school.
"To enforce clear protocols for reporting abuse, background checks and advance legislative solutions across the state to keep our kids’ safe," Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, said.
Springfield attorney Carl Draper said it's the culture that needs to change, not the laws.
"Instead, education might be the real key here,” Draper said.