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Spotlight Team finds some victims of abuse at private schools faced retaliation

July 21,2016 17:15

The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team discovered at least 15 instances of alleged retaliation against students who were sexually exploited by staff at New England private schools or against employees who raised concerns about abuse.and more »


The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team discovered at least 15 instances of alleged retaliation against students who were sexually exploited by staff at New England private schools or against employees who raised concerns about abuse.
The report is part of the team’s ongoing investigation into abuses at the New England institutions. In 13 of the 15 cases reviewed, the alleged retaliation was against students for reporting sexual abuse or exploitation, and ranged from bullying and expulsion to physical violence.
In one example, administrators at the Buxton School in Western Massachusetts fired a teacher and asked an 18-year-old student to leave after discovering they were engaged in a sexual relationship.

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Erika Schickel was told weeks before her graduation that her staying at the school would make people uncomfortable, according to the Globe, 
“The top priority for the school was to get rid of me,” Schickel told the Globe. “I walked around in a daze for years, so torn up and destroyed. I had made that my home and my family.” 
Read the full Spotlight report at the Globe.

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