Independent Investigation of Prep School Finds More Sex Abuse

St. Paul’s, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, faces more bad news about its history of sexual abuse of students. The prep school released an independent report that documents allegations of abuse going back decades, involving at least 18 previously unidentified teachers and school employees. St. Paul’s requested the investigation last year, following reports about […]

The Dire Consequences of “Passing the Trash” in Sexual Abuse Cases

The NY Times recently exposed how private schools handle allegations of sexual abuse. The story focused on how Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite Connecticut boarding school, mishandled allegations of sexual abuse by teachers for decades. According to the Times, “For many years, when teachers at private schools were forced out over claims of sexual misconduct, […]

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 […]

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