Prep school says it will pay for abused alumni of the therapy

CONCORD, N. H. – An elite New Hampshire prep school that was hit with several sexual misconduct allegations spread over decades, announced Wednesday that it will start a therapy fund for abused alumni.

In a statement, Concord’s St. Paul’s School confirmed that the establishment of an independent therapy fund for abuse alumni, and will also roll out a number of programs to “support the survivors of abuse.”

Phillips Exeter Academy also faced with similar allegations of sexual abuse in the past few years, and it now offers up to $10,000 for counseling to alumni who have been sexually abused by a school employee or another student. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that St. George’s School in Rhode Island, Choate and Hotchkiss in Connecticut and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, have all struggled with similar problems and set aside money to pay for therapy for a former student who was sexually abused by a member of the faculty.

“We have months in the development of this program and to work together with highly skilled and well-respected and experienced experts,” said director of the St. Paul’s Alumni Association Alisa Barnard in an e-mail to the public radio. “We will share information in our next announcement — within the next few weeks.”

St. Paul’s School requested an independent review in 2016 that more than a dozen former teachers and staff who worked at the school between 1947 and 1999, involved in a series of sexual misconduct. The list included former teachers, chaplains, a counselor and an admissions officer. A few were fired, but most were quietly “moved” with letters of recommendations for their next jobs.

The investigation also found evidence that the school failed to protect students or to fully investigate their complaints in time.

St. Paul’s requested the investigation following news reports about Howard White, who was fired from St. George’s School in Rhode Island for sexual misconduct in 1974 and was previously employed at St. Paul’s.

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