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Boarding School Abuse denotes a wide-range of criminal and lurid acts commonly perpetrated against students by school faculty members, administrators or staff involving sexual assault of varying degrees. The assault may be a one-time, non-consensual encounter or it may include numerous assaults during an ongoing interaction. For example, an ongoing intimate encounter with a student, spawned by the predatory actions of a faculty member, school administrator or employee and whether leading to physical consensual sex acts or not, is a form of abuse.<br /><br />Student on student sexual assault is another form of abuse, that may be compounded by the school’s negligence to provide a safe environment that allowed the attack to happen. Within the school population are students of different ages, maturity and experiences. Younger students might be subjected to the predatory behavior of older, more mature students. Their actions, along with peer-pressure applied to both the predator and the targeted victim, may lead to different types of abuse including sexual assault of varying degrees.<br /><br />In all reported Boarding School Abuse situations, a school administration’s megligence to entirely, immediately report the crime to police and other authorities, or its further negligence to research, address and deal completely with the matter amplifies the effects on the victim, the school population and potentially others. Recent Boarding School Abuse issues reported in the press exemplify these failures, including times where the perpetrator quietly leaves the campus merely to assume working elsewhere in a school environment. <br /><br />Predatory Behavior<br />Many boarding schools pride themselves on their small, personal communities inside a well-defined and safe campus. In that environment, faculty, administrators and staff are often much closer and familiar with students than would be expected in a non-boarding school situation. This can create both opportunity and cover for the would-be attacker and for the predatory behavior.<br /><br />In some situations, the attacker may be a personable and popular person, generally thought to be a positive addition to the school community. A targeted victim could feel flattered that a well-liked superior in the school community has expressed special interest in him or her. Because of this popularity and involvement in the school community, attack accusations against these criminals are frequently met with distrust, non-belief, and resistance from the community. Often, abusers have distance and morality problems which turn into oddly friendly relationships with students that are beyond what are commonly expected. This creates a predatory pathway and opportunity for the abuse.<br /><br />All abusers, to varying degrees, employ predatory actions that are generally known as “grooming,” or targeting a possible abuse victim. Below is a compilation of grooming methods exhibited by predators that are in a position of authority in relation to the student.<br /><br />Grooming<br />Grooming is a main part of a predator’s method. In a boarding school setting, a predator often works closely with small numbers of students, realizing each student’s needs and vulnerabilities. Once a victim is identified and chosen, these vulnerabilities – such as being lonely, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, or attention seeking behavior, can be systematically exploited in the following manners:<br /><br />Trust<br /><br />A predator could first work to get the student’s trust. This step is most difficult to discern as boarding school communities are often tight-knit and personal engagement is commonplace. Here, the predator is usually part of a group of staff who are genuinely interested in the student’s wellness and success at the school.<br />Reliance <br />As a predator creates a trusting engagement with the potential student-victim, the student may start to count on more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is leveraging and fulfilling. The victim may spend more time with the predator, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship. Additionally to attention and affection, the potential victim may receive gifts from the predator, which may include valuable, gifts such as the promise of higher grades, or a college recommendation letter. The reliance stage is mainly where the predatory behavior is noticeable from well-meaning collegial behavior.<br /><br />Isolation <br /><br />As the grooming progresses, the predator might work to isolate the student. At school, this might mean late get togethers, tutoring sessions, encounters in the dormitory , one-on-one sports practice sessions, or various other such circumstances.<br />Sexualization<br />The predator will begin to de-sensitize the student from reacting negatively to contact, caressing and other actions that lead to sexual interaction. This may start with breaking the physical-touch barrier, or speaking, with suggestive language to determine the victim’s reaction to the progression. This will increase until the relationship transforms to one of a physical, sexual nature.<br />Maintenance<br />Once the sexual relationship is created, the predator may work to maintain control over the student and the continuing abuse. The predator will probably seek to manipulate the victim by introducing feelings of guilt, or even threats, or employ the opposite strategy of continuing to have the victim feel special and desired. Regardless, the predator may keep trying to exploit the victim by whatever means necessary to maintain the immoral physical relationship.<br /><br />Impacts on Abuse Victims<br /><br />While the grooming escalates as intended by the predator, the victim, being made to feel special, will probably respond affirmatively to the behaviors. The predator, through these well planned and executed grooming behaviors and activities, seeks to re-work and reduce the moral boundaries of the targeted student. Since the abuse survivor participated in this re-calibration, she frequently experiences deep feelings of shame, initially blaming herself for the incident and likely not to report it.<br /><br />Additionally, after the abuse has been reported, survivors of boarding school abuse are frequently exposed to discreet social pressure and intimidation, like being bullied, isolation from their peers, or retaliation from teachers. Especially at private schools, where academics are rigorous, competition can be fierce and social circles small, victims of abuse may be readily isolated and socially persecuted. Subjected to those reactions, many boarding [https://www.meneolawgroup.com/personal-injury/boarding-school-abuse/about school abuse] survivors that have revealed the abuse leave school. Others, fighting with the prospect of such isolation and social abuse, report the abuse years later. In either situation, the legacy can be significant and life-altering.<br /><br />Some abuse survivors suffer from long-term effects of the abuse including depression, anxiety, ptsd, low self-esteem, suicidal feelings, substance abuse, disturbed sleeping and eating patterns, and difficulty establishing and keeping healthy relationships. Individual therapy and support groups may assist survivors get past these effects.<br /><br />Legally, a survivor of boarding school abuse could recover financial compensation from the abuser and more commonly, from the school for its negligence to protect the student from the abuse, as well as failures or deficiencies in its process of reviewing and responding to the victim’s report of the abuse. If you are a survivor of boarding school abuse and would like to confidentially review your situation and learn of your legal options at no cost or obligation, we are prepared to talk with you. It is important for a survivor to realize that being a victim is not your fault. The attorneys at Meneo Law Group are committed to bringing those responsible for the abuse to justice.<br />
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Boarding School Abuse denotes a series of criminal and lurid acts frequently perpetrated against students by school faculty members, administrators or staff involving sexual assault of varying degrees. The attack can be a one-time, non-consensual abuse or it might include numerous assaults during an continuing interaction. For example, an continuing intimate encounter with a student, created by the predatory behavior of a faculty member, school administrator or employee and whether heading to physical consensual sex acts or not, is a form of abuse.<br /><br />Student on student sexual assault is another form of abuse, that might be compounded by the school’s failure to offer a safe environment that allowed the assault to happen. Inside the school community are students of different ages, maturity and experiences. Immature students might be exposed to the predatory actions of older, more mature students. Their actions, along with peer-pressure exerted to both the attacker and the targeted victim, might lead to varying types of abuse that includes sexual assault of varying degrees.<br /><br />In all alleged Boarding School Abuse situations, a school administration’s failure to fully, immediately report the crime to police and other authorities, or its further failure to research, address and deal completely with the matter increases the effects on the victim, the school population and possibly others. Recent Boarding School Abuse cases reported in the media exemplify these failures, including times where the attacker quietly departs the campus only to assume employment somewhere else in a school environment. <br /><br />Predatory Behavior<br />Most private schools pride themselves on their small, personal communities inside a well-defined and safe campus. In this environment, faculty, administrators and staff are often much closer and familiar with students than might be expected in a non-boarding school setting. This could provide both opportunity and cover to the would-be abuser and for the predatory behavior.<br /><br />In some situations, the abuser might be a personable and popular individual, generally considered to be a positive addition to the school community. A targeted victim may feel flattered that a well-liked superior in the school community is expressing special interest in him or her. Because of this popularity and integration in the school community, abuse allegations against these attackers are often met with doubt, non-belief, and resistance from the community. Often, abusers have distance and judgment issues which manifest themselves in unusually friendly relationships with students that are past what are commonly expected. This creates a predatory path and opportunity for the abuse.<br /><br />Most abusers, to differing degrees, use predatory actions that are generally known as “grooming,” or targeting a potential abuse victim. Following is a compilation of grooming methods used by predators that are in a position of authority in relation to the subordinate student.<br /><br />Grooming<br />Grooming is a main part of a predator’s method. In a boarding school setting, a predator usually works closely with small numbers of students, understanding every student’s needs and vulnerabilities. Once a victim is located and selected, these vulnerabilities – like loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, or attention seeking behavior, could be systematically leveraged in the following ways:<br /><br />Trust<br /><br />A predator will first work to get the student’s trust. This step is most difficult to discern as private school communities are usually tight-knit and personal interaction is commonplace. Here, the attacker is usually part of a group of staff who are genuinely interested in the student’s wellness and achievement at the school.<br />Reliance <br />As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential student-victim, the student will begin to rely more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is leveraging and fulfilling. The victim will spend more time with the predator, feeling increasingly comfortable with the relationship. In addition to attention and affection, the potential victim might receive gifts from the predator, which may include valuable, presents such as the promise of high grades, or a college recommendation letter. The reliance step is usually where the predatory behavior is distinguishable from well-meaning collegial behavior.<br /><br />Isolation <br /><br />While the grooming continues, the predator will try to isolate the student. At school, this might mean late meetings, tutoring sessions, encounters in the dormitory , one-on-one athletic training sessions, or various other such circumstances.<br />Sexualization<br />The predator will begin to desensitize the possible victim from reacting negatively to touching, caressing and other behaviors that lead to sexual interaction. This might begin with breaching the physical-touch barrier, or communicating, with suggestive messages to gauge the victim’s reaction to the progression. This might escalate until the relationship transforms to one of a physical, sexual nature.<br />Maintenance<br />Once the sexual relationship is created, the predator will work to keep control over the victim and the continuing interaction. The predator will likely seek to manipulate the student by inducing emotions of guilt, or possibly threats, or use the opposite strategy of continuing to have the victim feel special and desired. In any event, the predator might continue to exploit the victim by whatever means available to keep the inappropriate physical relationship.<br /><br />Legacy on Abuse Victims<br /><br />When the grooming escalates as planned by the predator, the victim, being made to feel special, will likely respond affirmatively to the actions. The predator, through these well-thought-out and executed grooming behaviors and activities, tries to re-calibrate and remove the moral boundaries of the victim. Because the abuse survivor participated in the re-calibration, she frequently experiences deep feelings of guilt, initially blaming himself for the incident and hesitant to report it.<br /><br />Furthermore, beyond the abuse has been reported, victims of boarding school abuse are often exposed to discreet social pressure and intimidation, like bullying, alienation from their peers, or retaliation from staff. Especially at private schools, where education is rigorous, competition can be fierce and social circles small, victims of abuse could be rapidly isolated and socially persecuted. Subjected to those reactions, many boarding school abuse survivors that have revealed the abuse leave school. Others, fighting with the prospect of such isolation and social persecution, report the abuse years later. In either case, the impact can be severe and life-altering.<br /><br />Some abuse survivors suffer from long-term effects of the abuse including depression, anxiety, ptsd, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, restless sleeping and eating patterns, and trouble establishing and keeping healthy relationships. Individual therapy and support groups may assist victims overcome these effects.<br /><br />Legally, a victim of boarding school abuse may recover financial compensation from the predator and more commonly, from the school for its negligence to protect the student from the predator, as well as failures or negligence in its process of reviewing and responding to the survivor’s report of the abuse. If you are a survivor of boarding [https://meneolawgroup.com school abuse] and would like to confidentially review your story and learn of your legal options at no cost or obligation, we are ready to talk with you. It’s important for a victim to remember that experiencing assault is not your fault. The lawyers at Meneo Law Group are committed to bringing those responsible for the assault to justice.<br />

Revision as of 17:29, 16 January 2020

Boarding School Abuse denotes a series of criminal and lurid acts frequently perpetrated against students by school faculty members, administrators or staff involving sexual assault of varying degrees. The attack can be a one-time, non-consensual abuse or it might include numerous assaults during an continuing interaction. For example, an continuing intimate encounter with a student, created by the predatory behavior of a faculty member, school administrator or employee and whether heading to physical consensual sex acts or not, is a form of abuse.

Student on student sexual assault is another form of abuse, that might be compounded by the school’s failure to offer a safe environment that allowed the assault to happen. Inside the school community are students of different ages, maturity and experiences. Immature students might be exposed to the predatory actions of older, more mature students. Their actions, along with peer-pressure exerted to both the attacker and the targeted victim, might lead to varying types of abuse that includes sexual assault of varying degrees.

In all alleged Boarding School Abuse situations, a school administration’s failure to fully, immediately report the crime to police and other authorities, or its further failure to research, address and deal completely with the matter increases the effects on the victim, the school population and possibly others. Recent Boarding School Abuse cases reported in the media exemplify these failures, including times where the attacker quietly departs the campus only to assume employment somewhere else in a school environment.

Predatory Behavior
Most private schools pride themselves on their small, personal communities inside a well-defined and safe campus. In this environment, faculty, administrators and staff are often much closer and familiar with students than might be expected in a non-boarding school setting. This could provide both opportunity and cover to the would-be abuser and for the predatory behavior.

In some situations, the abuser might be a personable and popular individual, generally considered to be a positive addition to the school community. A targeted victim may feel flattered that a well-liked superior in the school community is expressing special interest in him or her. Because of this popularity and integration in the school community, abuse allegations against these attackers are often met with doubt, non-belief, and resistance from the community. Often, abusers have distance and judgment issues which manifest themselves in unusually friendly relationships with students that are past what are commonly expected. This creates a predatory path and opportunity for the abuse.

Most abusers, to differing degrees, use predatory actions that are generally known as “grooming,” or targeting a potential abuse victim. Following is a compilation of grooming methods used by predators that are in a position of authority in relation to the subordinate student.

Grooming
Grooming is a main part of a predator’s method. In a boarding school setting, a predator usually works closely with small numbers of students, understanding every student’s needs and vulnerabilities. Once a victim is located and selected, these vulnerabilities – like loneliness, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, or attention seeking behavior, could be systematically leveraged in the following ways:

Trust

A predator will first work to get the student’s trust. This step is most difficult to discern as private school communities are usually tight-knit and personal interaction is commonplace. Here, the attacker is usually part of a group of staff who are genuinely interested in the student’s wellness and achievement at the school.
Reliance
As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential student-victim, the student will begin to rely more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is leveraging and fulfilling. The victim will spend more time with the predator, feeling increasingly comfortable with the relationship. In addition to attention and affection, the potential victim might receive gifts from the predator, which may include valuable, presents such as the promise of high grades, or a college recommendation letter. The reliance step is usually where the predatory behavior is distinguishable from well-meaning collegial behavior.

Isolation

While the grooming continues, the predator will try to isolate the student. At school, this might mean late meetings, tutoring sessions, encounters in the dormitory , one-on-one athletic training sessions, or various other such circumstances.
Sexualization
The predator will begin to desensitize the possible victim from reacting negatively to touching, caressing and other behaviors that lead to sexual interaction. This might begin with breaching the physical-touch barrier, or communicating, with suggestive messages to gauge the victim’s reaction to the progression. This might escalate until the relationship transforms to one of a physical, sexual nature.
Maintenance
Once the sexual relationship is created, the predator will work to keep control over the victim and the continuing interaction. The predator will likely seek to manipulate the student by inducing emotions of guilt, or possibly threats, or use the opposite strategy of continuing to have the victim feel special and desired. In any event, the predator might continue to exploit the victim by whatever means available to keep the inappropriate physical relationship.

Legacy on Abuse Victims

When the grooming escalates as planned by the predator, the victim, being made to feel special, will likely respond affirmatively to the actions. The predator, through these well-thought-out and executed grooming behaviors and activities, tries to re-calibrate and remove the moral boundaries of the victim. Because the abuse survivor participated in the re-calibration, she frequently experiences deep feelings of guilt, initially blaming himself for the incident and hesitant to report it.

Furthermore, beyond the abuse has been reported, victims of boarding school abuse are often exposed to discreet social pressure and intimidation, like bullying, alienation from their peers, or retaliation from staff. Especially at private schools, where education is rigorous, competition can be fierce and social circles small, victims of abuse could be rapidly isolated and socially persecuted. Subjected to those reactions, many boarding school abuse survivors that have revealed the abuse leave school. Others, fighting with the prospect of such isolation and social persecution, report the abuse years later. In either case, the impact can be severe and life-altering.

Some abuse survivors suffer from long-term effects of the abuse including depression, anxiety, ptsd, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, restless sleeping and eating patterns, and trouble establishing and keeping healthy relationships. Individual therapy and support groups may assist victims overcome these effects.

Legally, a victim of boarding school abuse may recover financial compensation from the predator and more commonly, from the school for its negligence to protect the student from the predator, as well as failures or negligence in its process of reviewing and responding to the survivor’s report of the abuse. If you are a survivor of boarding school abuse and would like to confidentially review your story and learn of your legal options at no cost or obligation, we are ready to talk with you. It’s important for a victim to remember that experiencing assault is not your fault. The lawyers at Meneo Law Group are committed to bringing those responsible for the assault to justice.