GA--National group hopes boarding school case inspires changes in SOLs
For immediate release, Monday, July 2, 2017
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org), Joelle Casteix (949-322-7434, email@example.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.