The most disturbing aspect of a sexual-abuse scandal at an elite, New England prep school
An independent report released on September 1 detailing the long-term sexual abuse that went on at St. George’s School, an elite boarding school in Rhode Island, shed light on the policies that fostered an environment where faculty and staff took repeated advantage of students.
The report, commissioned by St. George’s and an organization called SGS for Healing and conducted by an outside law firm, found that six employees abused at least 51 students, and that students sexually bullied or hazed 10 others.
Among its findings, the report determined the rules and standards in place at the school — which “paved the way for abuse of students” — were common among most boarding schools during the 1970s and 80s, and the school’s leaders “did little, and certainly not enough” to remedy the situation, according to the report.
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