At least 28 former students of St. George’s School, an elite prep school in Rhode Island, have reached a financial settlement with the school over allegations of sexual abuse and rape
, The New York Times reported.
The exact terms and amount of money involved in the settlement have not been disclosed.
The alleged sexual abuse took place from 1974 through 2004, according to a report released by St. George’s in December.
Four of the seven accused former teachers are currently alive and two seem to still be working in a setting with children, The Times reported in January.
“St. George’s has done something meaningful and important for survivors,” Anne Scott, a 1980 graduate of St. George’s said in a statement, according to The Times.
“It’s hard to put into words what it feels like to receive this kind of validation and support, after all these years,” she continued.
Scott is a 1980 graduate of St. George’s who claims she was raped repeatedly over a two-year period by the school’s former
athletic trainer, Al Gibbs, who is now deceased.
She said that the alleged sexual abuse had a deeply negative effect on her well-being.
“I stopped talking or communicating with people, interacting with people, for long periods of time after that,” she said during a press conference in January.
“My parents did get me into therapy when I was in college, and through that, I was hospitalized four times — one time for a prolonged period during my early 20s.”
The Rhode Island State Police had been conducting a separate investigation, but it ended in June without any criminal charges.
St. George’s again expressed its “profound” apologies for the pain caused at the school.
“While the news I am reporting is a significant step forward, our Board — comprised of alumni, parents and other caring community members — can never express adequately our regret and sorrow that some in our St. George’s family were harmed in the past by the very people who were supposed to nurture and protect them,” board of trustees Chairwoman Leslie B. Heaney wrote in a letter to the school’s community.
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