Letter from Pingry Survivors Regarding Release of School’s Investigative Report

28 March 2017 - 13:46, by , in Pingry Survivors' News, No comments

Dear Pingry Community,

Pingry Survivors is an affiliation of adults who were sexually victimized as children at the Pingry School (and its predecessor, the Short Hills Country Day School). In the last six months, the number of victims affiliated with Pingry Survivors has grown to 18. All were sexually abused as children at Pingry between approximately 1972 and 1980.

More than a year ago, several among the Pingry Survivors commissioned an investigation by Crew Janci LLP, a law firm that specializes in representing victims of child sexual abuse across the country. The Crew Janci investigation has focused on determining the scope of the problem of child sexual abuse at Pingry, as well as what was known by those in positions of authority and others at Pingry and when it became known.

In their process, the Pingry Survivors’ investigative team has:

  • contacted more than 150 witnesses;
  • reviewed all pertinent documents available from the time;
  • confirmed the existence and identities of many more victims;
  • identified other Pingry employees who are accused of sexually abusing students; and
  • uncovered additional evidence of Pingry’s knowledge regarding these issues.

In response to the initiation of the Crew Janci investigation, The Pingry School commissioned its own investigation (announced to the community by letter on March 28, 2016). In response to that announcement, Pingry Survivors worked to ensure that the School’s investigation could be as complete as possible. Over the past several months, the 18 Pingry Survivors provided individual in-person interviews to the School’s investigators – taking time away from our families and jobs and traveling at our own expense to share painful details about the sexual abuse we each suffered. We also instructed our advocates at Crew Janci to work collaboratively with the School’s investigators, which they have done – sharing documents, witnesses and other important information.

This week’s release of information by The Pingry School marks the conclusion of the School’s investigation.  You can read The Pingry School’s investigative report here: TMReport.

We are pleased that the Pingry School commissioned an investigation and glad they have released their findings.  We believe that healing from the abuse we suffered – and preventing future abuse – requires that the Pingry community be given a complete picture of what happened and how it was allowed to happen.  We will be carefully reviewing this report in the days ahead.

We hope that revealing the truth about abuse at Pingry will serve as a first step in the healing process – for ourselves and for our community, and we remain hopeful that we can find a way forward through a collaborative process to address the past and to create a safer Pingry for future generations.

Sincerely,

The Pingry Survivors

www.pingrysurvivors.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pingrysurvivors/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PingrySurvivors

 

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