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Category: Sexual Abuse
Attending prep school is a step towards a brighter future for many students in Massachusetts. While prep school attendance is viewed as a springboard to possible future admission to Ivy League schools, the schools have a dark history of student sexual abuse by faculty members.
A female graduate of Harvard has filed a lawsuit against the school in a Massachusetts federal court. She and her attorney maintain that college officials took no actions to protect her after repeated reports of sexual harassment from her ex-boyfriend and fellow undergraduate who is referred to as John Doe 1 in court papers.
Many people in Massachusetts have been victims of sexual abuse as children and teenagers. The effects of abuse can be devastating and can follow a person into adulthood. As a result, an individual may have difficulties with functioning in several areas, including professionally and within relationships with others.
On Dec. 9, the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts upheld a 2014 law that gave child sexual abuse victims an additional 32 years to take legal action against their alleged abusers. In addition, the state’s highest court also found that cases that occurred before the new law took effect were also covered under the legislation. The ruling stemmed from a case involving a woman who had sued her uncle in 2012 claiming sexual abuse.
As students return to their studies at Boston University in Massachusetts, they can expect to face a variety of situations and challenges. One of the most important issues can be campus safety. Students living on campus or attending evening classes can be particularly at risk for dealing with sexual misconduct or assault, making it important to understand the university’s approach to preventing incidents. Further, knowing how to obtain counseling and support is important for any students who are sexually assaulted on university grounds.
The long-term consequences of sexual abuse can lead to significant monetary damages claims, as a recent lawsuit filed against trustees and former trustees of Deerfield Academy demonstrates. The suit, brought in federal court by a former student of the school who now resides in another state, seeks $10 million for a pattern of claimed abuse that allegedly spanned three years while the plaintiff was as young as 15.
According to a recent report, officials at colleges in Massachusetts are not being informed of sexual assaults taking place on their campuses. The state legislature is considering a law that would require local police departments to work in cooperation with universities and colleges to make it easier for the victim of sexual assault to file report of the incident.
An Essex court officer was recently arraigned on multiple sexual assault charges and held on a $50,000 bail. The prosecutor claims that they have DNA evidence to prove the charges. The officer allegedly raped and beat a female inmate that was in his custody. All in all, he is charged with multiple accounts of rape, assault with intent to rape, indecent assault and battery and misleading investigators. These charges stretch from 2009 to 2014.
Many Massachusetts families are among those affected by sexual abuse, including abuse at the hands of people who are part of institutions such as schools, churches or medical organizations. If you are the victim of sexual abuse or the loved one of someone who was abused, you have likely experienced profound effects as a result of those experiences. You may want to pursue your abuser in court to ensure that they are held accountable for their actions.