Santa Clara University

School of Education and Counseling Psychology



Back to Blog

Dean Nicholas Ladany on ABC7 and NBC4 News

Nicholas Ladany 179X96

A South Bay teenager, Audrie Potts who was the victim of an alleged drunken sexual assault committed suicide after she was sexually assaulted by three of her friends and a photo of the attack surfaced online. The three 16-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of sexual battery. The legal system is working behind the scenes to move the case from juvenile to adult court.

While the case makes its way through the legal system, Audrie's parents may file lawsuits against some students and their parents. Nicolas Ladany, Dean of Santa Clara University's School of Education and Counseling Psychology says suing can have a specific purpose. "It serves the purpose of saying to parents, we need to help our children understand what's appropriate and inappropriate behavior, both boys and girls," he said.

See Nicolas Ladany on ABC7

Law banning gay conversation therapy goes to court. Nicolas Ladany said that everything about gay converstion therapy is wrong and unethical. "The bottom line is it is a form of shame-based therapy: you are not enough because you are gay," Ladany said. "I would say that anytime they're doing reparative therapy, it is a form of mental torture. It's a form of hurting someone intentionally because of one's own belief system that you are not OK."

See Nicholas Laday on NBC4

Tags: Christine Dindia, Megan France, School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Feb. 4, 2015 9:20 AM
Overall men, boomers and seniors are feeling less stressed, but parents with non-adult kids, women, young adults and the poor are a different story
Feb. 4, 2015 9:18 AM
The number of reported sexual assaults goes up by 44 percent when colleges are under review by the U.S. Department of Education, but falls to pre-audit levels when the review ends
Jan. 28, 2015 10:58 AM
Building positive relationships with students is essential to the learning process, but getting to know them isn’t always easy. The secret? Help them get to know you first.
Feb. 25, 2015 10:41 AM
State legislatures are debating surprisingly smart laws to bring justice to campus
Feb. 18, 2015 4:03 PM
According to the American Psychological Association, issues related to money and work continue to be the most common stressors for adults in the U.S.
Feb. 17, 2010 11:44 AM
School Funding Crisis Nothing to Shake a Stick At
Aug. 14, 2013 9:30 AM
Educator-tested tips, advice, and resources for a successful start to the school year.
Mar. 13, 2013 3:47 PM
Cut classroom costs by substituting these inexpensive items for pricier classroom supplies.