Spotlight examines sexual abuse at private schools in New England

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its investigation of priest abuse in the Boston archdiocese and was the subject of last year’s Academy Award winning movie has just begun another investigation into sexual abuse. This time at private schools in New England under this headline:

Private schools, painful secrets

More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers, and emerging from decades of silence today.

It listed 67 schools. I went to a private school in New England, and fortunately, my school did not make the list. But there was never any indication that anything untoward was going on during my academic years. The school was in the middle of nowhere, and it had its faults, but neither I nor anyone I studied with encountered rumors of sexual abuse.

But Spotlight’s list does include schools we faced in athletic competitions. It’s an interesting investigative piece.


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