The Cate School which is a boarding school located in Carpinteria, California was founded in 1910. Recently articles about alleged sexual abuse appeared in various medias. An investigation made by the local sheriff has been launched into the matter.
Also it has been revealed that some kind of abuse took place over several decades dating back to at least the 1960’s. Private law firms are gathering behind possible victims to help them with lawsuits.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager if you were among the victims.
- Elite Cate School in Carpinteria Under Scrutiny for Sexual Assault Allegations (Taylor & Ring)
- Sexual abuse allegations at elite Carpinteria boarding school prompt sheriff’s investigation (Los Angeles Times)
- Cops investigate allegations of sexual abuse at $55,000-a-year LA boarding school after school’s own probe into historic abuse (The Daily Mail)
- Authorities investigate allegations of sexual abuse at Cate school (Good Word News)
- Report details allegations of misconduct at Cate School as far back as 1960s (Los Angeles Times)
Now called “TheVillage” so it does not pop up on Search engines when people look for awful incidents in the past, the facility was involved in placing a child in an abusive foster home, had to fire a teacher for sleeping with one of the children and had to involve the police when a fight took place on campus.
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager. In fact one of the person who were placed there as a child wrote on Reddit.
Hi. I just found this subreddit. As a teenager, I spent a year a Presbyterian Children’s Village (PCV) because I was a sad kid in an abusive home with no where else to go. I have a lot of mixed feelings about my experience there. It has created some trauma of its own that I’ve found hard to process. Here are my experiences.
Sometimes I feel like I’m being petty because my experiences aren’t as bad as they could have been. I had a lot of trauma going into PCV, but I was always treated as if I was crazy and my trauma was not real. This really messed me up. I got singled out a lot in groups by the house Staff as having a good home life, despite the fact that I was there because my parents couldn’t care for me. None of my personal information was ever private. The house staff would share everything with the other kids in the house. Having no privacy had a big impact, because kids will use that against you. I think the house staff knew that too. Theft was also a big issue. And it wasn’t just the other kids. The staff would often steal from me. Everything I owned got stolen at some point. I also had a really hard time at night time. Kids would jump you in the middle of the night and the staff didn’t really care. It’s taken me a long time to process this experience. It was supposed to be therapeutic, but at the end it created more issues for me. It was an environment where nobody believed me and where I was always a liar. I was always presumed to be bad and if something happened, it didn’t matter because I was a throwaway kid.We were all treated as throwaways. I felt like the general feeling was that we weren’t going to be anything. It was like they were preparing us to be criminals and nothing more. That’s always stuck with me and caused me a lot of pain.Neville1989
Let us hope that they clear their act up.
- Foster kid placed in West Philly ‘house of horrors’ wins $11M in lawsuit (Philly Metro)
- Main Line Teacher Repeatedly Sexually Assaults Her Student: Police (NBC Philladelphia)
- Foster care agency hit with $5.35M verdict in child sex-abuse case (The Philladelpia Inquirer)
- Four juveniles charged following fight at theVillage (Main Line Suburban Life)
- Police: School worker showed indecent images of herself (6 ABC Action News)
- Presbyterian Children’s Village, Bryn Mwar, PA (Reddit Troubled Teen Message board)
Mount Cashel Orphanage also known as Mount Cashel Boys Home was located in St. Johns, Canada. It was open between 1898 and 1990 and operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers.
Starting in 1975 the authorities began an investigation into child abuse. A number of further investigations resulted in a number of lawsuits and convicts.
It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
The Children’s Village located in Dobbs Ferry, New York since 1901 has a dark evil past which is now about to be revealed. It was named New York Juvenile Asylum before. Many lawsuits concerning alleged sexual abuse have emerged. Investigation into the matter is still ongoing here in 2021.
The facility has existed since 1851. More recent cases shows that there had been problems as late as in 2006.
Some acts of abuse were made by former employees, others by former children placed at the facility and the management did according to the lawsuit not address the problems.
It could not have been fun to be placed there as a child.
Spring Ridge Academy located in Mayer, Spring Valley, Arizona. The facility is targeted by a lawsuit.
A former student wrote on Google:
I was forced to attend this ‘school’ over 20 years ago now. I still feel traumatized. Parents: Do NOT send your child here just because things are difficult. Research ‘troubled teen industry’ scams and the effects of parental abandonment during your teen’s formative years before you do this. I’m grown now, and I still can’t forgive my parents for doing this to me; we haven’t spoken in almost 10 years. This was one of the most awful experiences I endured growing up. Please find another way.
Her experience seems to be very much in line with testimonies from other former students.
The founder Jeannie Courtney used to work at a WWASP facility – Cross Crook in Utah which is also mentioned in this blog.
- Lawsuit Complaint Against Spring Ridge Academy for Negligence, Fraud, and RICO Violation (SCRIBD)
- SH at Spring Creek Academy (Tales from the Black School victim testimonial blog)
- Spring Ridge Academy feedbacks from Niche (Fighting Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICANetwork.net)
A boarding school in Oregon located near Portland – the Catlin Gabel School – has been in the media due to lawsuits made by former students claiming that they were exposed to sexual abuse.
The lawsuit also target the school for lack of protection of the students from employees with the wrong intentions.
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager being victims of such actions.
Milton Hershey School has been mentioned in two cases in the media. In 2015 a house parent was arrested. He was later convicted and will be deported once time has been served. Later a girl committed suicide after she was kicked out and the school sued the parents apparently for even mentioning the suicide in relationship with the name of the school.
It seems safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a child and not even relatives to the child either
- Ex-Milton Hershey School house parent sentenced to state prison, faces deportation for molesting 2 more girls (Pennsylvania Real-Time News)
- Milton Hershey School seeks to hold family of girl who hanged herself liable for her death (Pennsylvania Real-Time News)
Whenever a child and a counselor is alone in a room at a facility like Renewed Hope Ranch, there should be some video security not only to protect the child but also the professional reputation of the counselor. It seems that a staff member at Renewed Hope Ranch in Enoch either forgot that or turned off the security system with purpose.
Now the police is investigating which is the only way because they are the only one who can determine whether criminal activity took place.
If there was a purpose by shutting off the video security it is safe to say that it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.
The University of Utah’s Madsen Health Center has been the center of a lawsuit. When teenagers does to the doctor – especially when they are in the process of becoming adult and more intimate examinations are needed it is important that they are not done when the doctor is alone.
Now a 13 year old girl felt herself violated. It did not help the situation that the doctor threatened with a stay at one of the residential treatment facilities when almost every teenager now knows that the treatment facilities are worse than prisons.
It cannot be fun to be committed to this hospital with such a lose practice towards younger patients.