BYU Drops Honor Code Investigations of Sex Abuse Victims

Imagine you are a college student at Brigham Young University, you are sexually assaulted on campus, you do the right thing and report the assault to the college, expecting the college to investigate the sexual assault. Instead, you find yourself the subject of an “Honor Code investigation” as the college investigates whether you violated school […]

Teachers Fired for Sex Abuse Often Find Jobs Elsewhere

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team has been investigating child sexual abuse at New England private schools since the initial revelation of abuse at elite New England institutions. The Spotlight Team’s investigation revealed that teachers who have been removed from their positions for sexually abusing students often find work as a teacher in other schools. Sometimes […]

Oregon Coach and Football Players Face Criminal Charges in Hazing Case

A volunteer football coach and six varsity football players have been charged in an aggravated hazing incident involving freshmen football players at Philomath High School in Philomath, Oregon. The hazing incidents involved sexual harassment of the younger players during which the coach and older players aggressively targeted the players’ sexual organs. Volunteer assistant coach and […]

Elite New England Private School Settles 30 Sex Abuse Claims

St. George’s School in Rhode Island has agreed to settle approximately 30 sexual abuse claims by alumni. The agreement was reached during a mediation led by Paul Finn, a mediator who also worked on the Catholic sex abuse settlements in Boston. According to the Boston Globe, the amount of the settlements is confidential under the […]

Elite New England Boarding School Fumbles Sex Abuse Case

Phillips Exeter Academy, an exclusive private boarding school that boasts a Who’s Who of alumni, has admitted it mishandled a sexual abuse claim made by one of its students last October. The admission came one day after more than 1,000 alumni pledged to withhold donations to the private school until the institution fixes how it […]

Baylor Sex Assault Scandal Leads to Firings, Resignations

Baylor University, a Baptist school proud of its socially conservative reputation, is in the middle of a sexual assault scandal that continues to grab headlines.  As in other sexual abuse cases involving trusted institutions like the Catholic Church, the Mormons, and the Boy Scouts, Baylor University officials stand accused of ignoring sexual assault complaints – […]

Phillips Exeter Academy: What the Abuse Allegations Tell Us About the Nature of Sex Abuse

Revelations last month that students had been sexually abused at Phillips Exeter Academy, a prestigious New England prep school, in the 1970s and ‘80s have raised concerns about the safety of children in institutions of trust. News about sexual abuse is not new.  The media has reported it for nearly two decades, starting with the […]

Oregon City School Aide Suspected of More Sexual Abuse

James McGlothlin was arrested in late February on suspicion of producing child pornography. Further investigation has led police to more evidence that links McGlothlin to hundreds of pornographic photos involving kids, as well as a number of videos on McGlothlin’s home computer hard drives — including folders with the names of schools in the Oregon […]

Public Schools Avoid Large-Scale Sex Abuse Scandals – So Far

Sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, and private school have made headlines in recent years, but there has been no big, overall scandal involving public schools. Why? Is it because there are no pedophiles in public schools? Hardly. News stories this week suggest part of the answer – sometimes pedophiles in public […]

Former School Counselor Charged with Sex Abuse Dating Back to 1960’s

William Bricker is a 94-year-old man in hospice care in northern Michigan. He is also accused of horrific sexual abuse crimes in Wyoming dating back to the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Chicago’s WGN-TV reports, “William Bricker, 94, is charged with sex crimes involving two boys at a summer camp in Wyoming where he served as […]

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