GA--National group hopes boarding school case inspires changes in SOLs

GA--National group hopes boarding school case inspires changes in SOLs

For immediate release, Monday, July 2, 2017

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga, California, Volunteer Leader with SNAP, the Survivors Network (925-708-6175melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

Georgia’s largest and second-oldest boarding school, which draws students from across the country and abroad, is facing allegations that it tolerated years of sexual misconduct by at least one teacher.

http://www.myajc.com/news/local/blurred-lines-and-tolerance-sex-abuse-georgia-boarding-school/rJPsMqmn0Qf7zCuY5WWTxI/?ref=cbTopWidget

Through the efforts of former student Tim Lee, Darlington sent a letter to its alumni in May of this year, seeking information about possible sexual misconduct at the school.

The outreach led to discussions among former students, and others joined Lee in reporting inappropriate behavior. A couple of alumni also agreed with Lee that reports were made to school officials. 

Unfortunately, these revelations are being made public just as Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act, which allowed a two year window to bring civil suits otherwise barred by the statute of limitations, expires.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CHILDHOOD_SEXUAL_ABUSE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

As members of the national survivors group SNAP, we hope that this case will inspire the Georgia legislature to remove the statute of limitations for child sex abuse completely and to open a permanent civil window such as Guam was done, which also holds institutions that covered up abuse responsible in the civil courts. 

Abuse survivors come forward when they are ready, and the information their testimony provides exposes those who may continue to abuse children if they are not identified and stopped.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org) 

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