Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wide Awake Wednesday

Related: And Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep....

It's a different kind of pain that I have; however, they will both keep you up at night.

"Ex-St. George’s School chaplain now target of N.C. abuse probe" by Bella English Globe Staff  February 10, 2016

In 1974, when the Rev. Howard H. White Jr. was quietly let go as assistant chaplain at St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., after admitting to sexual misconduct with a male student, headmaster Tony Zane wrote White a letter telling him he “should not be in a boarding school” and “should seek psychiatric help.”

White went on to work at two other private schools, and neither reported complaints. But now North Carolina police are investigating a woman’s claim that, when she was a teenager, White sexually abused her at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville, N.C., where he worked as a rector from 1984 to 2006. The investigation was first reported Saturday by the Providence Journal.

The woman, speaking publicly for the first time, told the Globe Tuesday that she was a sophomore in high school in the mid-1980s when White began to molest her in the church rectory, where he encouraged kids to spend time. She was diagnosed with PTSD in 2004, and said she is “terrified” of being found by White.

The woman said she is cooperating with law enforcement.

“I’m either going to be part of the solution, or I’m a coconspirator hiding it, just like everyone else,” she said.

Why did newspapers just flash through my mind?

St. George’s own investigation of sexual abuse in the past year found that there had been at least six staff perpetrators at the school, and listed all but one of them by number instead of by name.

According to the school’s report, Employee Perpetrator #2 abruptly left St. George’s in 1974 after admitting to misconduct and reportedly had “inappropriate and potentially sexual contact with at least three male students.”