Elite Rhode Island prep school St. George’s School recently agreed to settle sexual assault lawsuits with dozens of past students claiming to be victims of abuse at the hands of former school staff. Victims allege the abuse dated back as late as the 1970’s and continued up until around 2000.
Located in Middletown, Rhode Island, the posh boarding school educated America’s wealthiest families like the Astors and Vanderbilts. The $58,000 a year institution is renowned for its sprawling campus, known as The Hill, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
According to reports, six faculty members at St. George’s School were involved with the abuse of at least 26-former students. At the center of the events was the school’s principal, Tony Zane, who told at least one victim she was suffering from a mental disorder and suggested the victim deal with the atrocities herself in lieu of alerting law enforcement or seeking administrative punishment.
The undisclosed compensation will help school sexual assault victims get the counseling and services needed to cope with the repeated abuse they suffered in their formative years as they try to put their lives back together. While money alone cannot undo the torment suffered by sex abuse victims, our society none the less prescribes it as the mechanism by which to punish wrongdoers and to try and help individuals become whole again.
The sexual abuse attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. have absolutely zero tolerance for the type of disgusting behavior perpetrated by faculty members at St. George’s School. Sexual assault offences are some of the most heinous crimes individuals commit in society. While The Cochran Firm, D.C. was not involved in this particular case, our lawyers aggressively prosecute civil claims against perpetrators to send a message it will not be tolerated in any way.
Recently, The Cochran Firm, D.C. was on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee which successfully secured $190 million in compensation for victims of Johns Hopkins sexual abuse doctor Nikita Levy. Our firm also represents victims of invasions of privacy committed by now disgraced Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel who was sentenced to 6-years in jail for videotaping women at Kesher Israel Synagogue in Georgetown as they took part in a sacred ritual bath.
Furthermore, our Maryland sexual abuse lawyers are actively investigating alleged improprieties committed by school aid Deonte Carraway at Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland and abuse committed by Dr. Bryan S. Williams at Kaiser Permanente at Kensington Medical Center.
If you or a family member were the victim of sexual assault or abuse, contact our office for a confidential and free legal meeting with one of our DC area sexual assault attorneys. Our firm’s experience and compassion help guide victims with dignity and respect through these difficult times as they seek justice.
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