According to recent media reports, a boarding school in Salisbury, Connecticut is facing a lawsuit and is from a former student over sexual abuse claims. The alleged incidents date back at least 30 years. The legal filings indicate that in the mid 198-'s the student was not only the subject of ritualized sexual hazing by other students at the boarding school, but that he was also raped by a teacher.
Our Connecticut residents have likely heard or read about the recent sexual abuse accusations a couple of women have brought against comedian Bill Cosby. According to media reports a woman, now a journalist and publicist, who met the comedian in 1969 indicated that Cosby had sexually assaulted her nearly 45 years ago when she was only 19-years-old.
Many Connecticut residents will agree that public faith and trust in institutions such as a church are shaken and lost when accusations of child sexual abuse are made against priests. Such incidents are harrowing to read about, and likely scar not only the community where they occur but also individuals and families directly impacted by it. Sadly, cases of child sexual abuse can happen anywhere. But victims of sexual abuse can file a civil action against perpetrators to get justice.