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Alleged sex abuse victim explains reason for coming forward

Monday, January 20, 2014

It was an emotional plea for justice as an alleged victim of sexual abuse spoke out about her confrontation with a former female teacher during a news conference in Alhambra Monday.

Jamie called her former teacher after learning she was working as an assistant principal at Alhambra High School. The entire conversation was recorded and posted on YouTube, and has since gone viral, with over 150,000 views.

The former teacher, who Jamie identified as Andrea Cardosa, has since resigned from her job at Alhambra High School.

In the video, the woman who identifies herself as Jamie X claims she was sexually abused for years, beginning at the age of 12, by a then-middle school teacher at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside.

"I just wanted to help you," Cardosa says. "How is having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old student helping?" Jamie replies.

Jamie held a news conference Monday. She said she came forward 15 years after the alleged abuse took place because she now has children of her own that are about the same age as she was.

"It took a lot for me to come forward, but I kept thinking about my own kids and how I didn't, wouldn't want anything happening to them," Jamie said.

In the video, she confronts Cardosa about the alleged sexual abuse, saying her life and her childhood were ruined.

"Do you realize that you brainwashed me and you manipulated me and that what you did was wrong?" Jamie asks. "Yes, and I regret it," Cardosa replies.

Cardosa admits what she did was wrong, expresses regret, and admits she is ashamed and disgusted with herself.

"You sicken me, and every day when I think about what you did, you sicken me," Jamie says. "You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself."

"I am, I am," Cardosa replies.

On Monday, Jamie spoke about how Cardosa never apologized during the phone call.

"If you regret something then you apologize, and when you're sorry for something, you say it, and it doesn't take a long time to say it - she didn't say anything," Jamie said.

Cardosa resigned from her post at Alhambra High School after a meeting with school officials on Friday. She has not been charged with any crimes.

The Alhambra School District says it was alerted to the video. Officials prepared the following memo to send to students and staff: "The Alhambra High School administration contacted the Alhambra Police Department immediately upon discovering the link. The matter was handed over to the Alhambra Police Department who immediately began their investigation."

Jamie's attorney says he is looking to see if Chemawa Middle School in Riverside investigated Cardosa back in 1999. He says it appears that she was allowed to resign "and perhaps being given a positive recommendation so that she could go on to find employment elsewhere.

"That's typically called passing the trash. If that is in fact true, everyone would agree that's absolutely outrageous conduct," Jamie's attorney said.

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