The Boston Globe published an article in regards to sexual abuse at many prominent private schools. The list included 67 private New England schools and 16 Connecticut schools including Choate, Notre Dame, Fairfield, St. Joseph's, Shelton, Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield. To read more click here
A child allegedly told Head Coach Joe Paterno of abuse in 1976. He allegedly never reported the abuse and he would be considered a mandated reporter who is required by law to report the maltreatment of a child to the appropriate agency. click here
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the arm of the state that is supposed to protect children who are not being taken care of properly by others. It is generally the organization that investigates abuse claims and makes determinations of where children with no other place to go should be placed, whether that is in an institutional setting, with relatives or a foster home. As with these agencies in many other states, however, there is a lack of funding and large caseloads, which make it almost inevitable that mistakes will happen. That is what a recent report claims happened to two children in Willimantic, Connecticut.
A Grand Jury report released today reveals that two bishops helped cover up the abuse of hundreds of children by some 50 priests in the central Pennsylvania diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The report finds that Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec were involved in a scheme that involved transferring priests after they had been accused of sexually abusing children and in some cases threatening the victims with excommunication. Criminal charges are not being filed in part due to the length of time that has elapsed and the death of persons involved. The report revealed that the Diocese would use a "pay out chart" to determine the amount of money to be given to victims.
Some Connecticut residents may have heard of the term "statute of limitations." These laws place a time limit on taking a certain legal action. Some individuals may have heard about statutes of limitations in the context of the state bringing a criminal prosecution against an alleged perpetrator of a crime. What people may not know is that there are sometimes limitations on the filing of civil suits for the recovery of damages.
The St. Georges School of Middletown Rhode Island is being accused of not protecting boarding school students in the 1980s from sexual assault by other students or teachers. Many Connecticut residents have attended the prestigious boarding school. To date, over 40 victims have come forward and many more are expected. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney continues the fight for all sexual abuse victims including those at schools, medical facilities, and religious institutions.
People need to know that state and district policies forbid teachers from spending alone time with students off site. The Bethel school board needs to do a better job enforcing these policies including making teachers and students aware of them.
When a victim of abuse comes forward, those accused of the crime not only face criminal charges but could also endure civil actions. Victims of sexual abuse are able to hold a perpetrator accountable for the crimes committed and the damages they caused to the victim.