849. Kurn Hattin Homes for Children
A group home located in Westminster, Vermont has been forced to surrender its license due to a number of issues. They failed to report sexual abuse within 24 hours as mandated by law.
April 2019 a girl was forced to have sex with male classmate. Nine boys who were residents of Kurn Hattin “had been engaging in sexualized activity with each other.” according to an article. In the past it was even worse: Documents, social media posts and interviews with victims detail how more than 60 children who came from disadvantaged homes were allegedly assaulted from the 1940s through 2019. Eerily similar patterns of sexual, physical and psychological abuse were covered up for decades, victims say.
Children as young as 7 years old have said they were molested by Kurn Hattin caregivers, administrators or peers.
It was too late to change the general approach at the facility, so it was decided that the group home should no longer operate and close down.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Under state pressure, Kurn Hattin gives up license (VT Digger)
- ‘Culture of abuse’ alleged at Kurn Hattin over 80 years (VT Digger)
- Kurn Hattin Home Students Report Sexual Abuse (Sibley Dolman Gipe)