Prep school responds to sex assault account in Vanity Fair

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“Notes on a Silencing,” by Lacy Crawford, is due out in July. —Little, Brown and Company

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former scholar detailed her account of sexual assault within the 1990s at a New Hampshire boarding faculty in a latest Vanity Fair article, and faculty officers counseled her for talking out.

The journal printed an excerpt Thursday from Lacy Crawford’s forthcoming memoir, “Notes on a Silencing.”

The creator particulars her alleged assault by two seniors on the hockey crew at St. Paul’s School in Concord. Crawford, who was 15 on the time of the alleged assault, says she developed herpetic lesions on her throat.

Crawford says within the memoir, which comes out in July, that her household sought to take authorized motion and the native district lawyer’s workplace was contemplating pursuing felony expenses, however she says faculty officers kicked her out, threatening to say she dealt Prozac and different medication and had intercourse with quite a lot of college students on campus.

School officers didn’t straight tackle Crawford’s claims. But Archibald Cox Jr., St. Paul’s board chairman, and Kathleen Giles, the elite faculty’s rector, stated in an announcement that Crawford has a proper to share her expertise but in addition careworn the prep faculty has taken steps to reform in recent times.

“We respect her courage and honor her voice,” the 2 stated within the assertion to the varsity group this week. “And we also honor her desire that the school acknowledge its failings, accept responsibility, and work, not just promise, to do better so that all the students in our care can feel and be safe and comfortable at school.”

St. Paul’s School, like different elite prep faculties throughout the nation, has grappled with its historical past of sexual abuse claims and launched into reforms aimed toward stopping abuse and supporting victims, in accordance with faculty officers.

The faculty’s reckoning was sparked by the high-profile case of Owen Labrie, who was accused in 2014 of assaulting a freshman woman as a part of a “Senior Salute” competitors amongst upperclassman in search of to have intercourse with youthful college students.

Labrie was finally convicted and served about six months in jail, and his case prompted different former college students to step ahead with allegations of sexual abuse by college and employees, some relationship again many years.

The faculty subsequently discovered credible proof of abuse amongst round 20 college members, and a state lawyer basic investigation additionally discovered proof of felony wrongdoing, however an settlement was reached to place the varsity beneath authorities oversight as a substitute of bringing expenses.