SAFEST PLACES BLOG

Current news and opinions relating to how schools are handling the complex issues challenging the safety of our children. The opinions and posts are all Harry Groome's unless otherwise noted.

Questions coming out of the CAIS Conference discussing sexual abuse at schools.

Fresh off a panel discussion about sexual abuse at boarding schools @CAIS Heads and Board Chairs conference. On the panel with me were heads of schools, a lawyer, and a mental health professional and I was blown away by the deep care and understanding that those in authority have regaring this issue. They see it as a living and breathing problem that must be talked about and addressed. It was so refreshing to hear the support the Canadian schools have provided their victims of abuse. Instead of lawyering up, these schools take the moral high ground and beyond any other concerns make sure the victims are listened to, supported, believed, and welcomed into their community.

 

This was the exact opposite of my and many others experience in the US. What is the difference? Why do they care more than US schools?

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Moral model needed to heal prep school sex assault - News - fosters.com - Dover, NH

The idea of setting up an independent governing body to handle all aspects of sexual abuse at schools is an area we want to explore with partners.

And as someone that has recently experienced the SGS investigation I whole-hardly agree with Carl Lindemann's idea of schools delivering "a moral model to deliver redress to all affected. Start with truly independent investigations that put victims in control. Empowering victims to choose investigators helps make them whole." 

Source: http://www.fosters.com/news/20160922/moral...