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Letter: Preventing School Abuse

Quote: There are steps that schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse students. Schools must act on their responsibility to reduce as much as possible the likelihood of such abuse taking place.

In response to the latest wave of news on sexual abuse in prep schools, our Executive Director Gina Scaramella outlines ways that schools can work to prevent sexual abuse in a New York Times letter to the editor. 

Excerpt: "There are steps that hiring managers at schools can take to reduce the likelihood of hiring a teacher who will abuse students. . . . It is the responsibility of institutions educating young people to put them on a path to lifelong success. Sexual abuse can derail a young person’s life as few other things can. Schools must act on their responsibility to reduce as much as possible the likelihood of such abuse taking place."

Read the full letter, "Preventing School Abuse," on the New York Times website. 

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s first staffer solely dedicated to communications, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels. Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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