The Globe Spotlight team has turned its investigative focus on private schools, beginning its series this weekend. "At least 67 private schools in New England have been affected by allegations of sexual abuse by employees disclosed over the past 25 years."
"The schools, many with rich histories and famed alumni, have often struggled to balance the need to respond robustly to abuse allegations with a desire to guard their reputations. Historically, few allegations were reported to law enforcement, and many schools avoid publicizing them even today. Getting past the schools’ reticence is a challenge; because these are private institutions, they are exempt from public records laws. And when the Globe sent surveys to 224 private schools on their experience with sexual misconduct allegations, only 23 — about 10 percent — chose to reply."