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August 25, 2021
Report: Ojai's elite Thacher School allowed decades of alleged sexual abuse, misconduct

The VC Star reports that exclusive boarding school in the Ojai Valley released the findings of a review this week that detailed alleged sexual misconduct and abuse spanning 40 years. The 91-page document takes from a months-long investigation that gathered numerous reports of sexual misconduct by faculty, staff and students following social media posts that […]

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August 25, 2021
Editorial: Name removals a step toward resetting Thacher's moral compass

In acting to remove the name of its longtime former headmaster from the school’s dining hall, directors of Ojai’s Thacher School have taken a symbolic yet significant step toward moving forward in the wake of an alarming report that detailed a culture of tolerance toward sexual misconduct at the campus, says VC Star Editorial Board. […]

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August 25, 2021
Ojai boarding school strips former head’s name from campus after sexual abuse report

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Thacher School, among California’s most elite private schools, announced Thursday that it would remove the name of its former head of school from the campus dining hall and athletic field. The move is part of a series of steps following a report last month that detailed decades of […]

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September 20, 2020
Boy Scouts Filing Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Face Deadline Agreed to in Bankruptcy Deal

Attorneys for the Boy Scouts of America and scouting abuse victims agreed during federal bankruptcy proceedings on a Nov. 16 deadline by which victims must come forward with a claim or be barred from bringing one later. The Boy Scouts said in a statement that the organization is committed to compensating victims as it goes […]

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December 26, 2019
Court finds Mormon church blocked southern Alberta police investigation into sex abuse of young girls in 1980s

More than 30 years ago, the Mormon church participated in the cover-up of the sexual assualt of several young girls in southern Alberta, instructing the abuser not to go to plice, according to an Alberta judge who has rendered a decision in the case. These findings are laid out in the decision of Lethbridge justice […]

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December 23, 2019
Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes. Victims and their advocates cheered the move as long overdue, but cautioned that […]

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