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Union Leader August 26,2019
Amanda Grady Sexton, an at-large member of the Concord City Council, said the district’s response has been troubling for parents and students. Grady Sexton, who is also director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said the district and administrators have not properly accepted responsibility for their own mistakes, which led to a breakdown in public trust.
“The community is looking to the School Board and Administration for leadership and answers, not silence,” Sexton said. “It’s shocking to see a letter that asks the dedicated staff in the Concord School District to ‘move forward’ before the school board and administration has evaluated the past and taken responsibility for the egregious harm inflicted upon students.”
The Patch August 23, 2019
"We agreed to provide this training because the safety of children in schools is paramount," said Lyn Schollett, the executive director of the NHCADSV. "We stand with parents who want to prevent future assaults and make sure that schools respond appropriately to abuse and violence. We are deeply concerned that the school has minimized this series of events in its letter by focusing on the 'dribble' of media coverage rather than being truly accountable for the series of crimes happening on their watch."
Seacoast Online August 23, 2019
We reached out this week to Amanda Grady Sexton of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to ask: What should people do if they’re being stalked or harassed in this way?
“It’s important to recognize stalking is a very serious crime,” she said. “We’ve seen many instances where stalking behavior has escalated and has lethal consequences. We hear often that here are more and more neighborhood-type disputes that people don’t take as seriously as, for instance a stranger stalker. (Tensions) are really heightened in society right now ... and when we see people escalating their behaviors, words and actions, these are indicators they need to be taken seriously.
“Please call our centers,” Grady Sexton added. “We have advocates who are trained in the dynamics of stalking. You don’t need to be in direct crisis to call.”
Concord Monitor August 23, 2019
Amanda Grady Sexton, an at-large Concord City Councilor and director of public affairs for the Coalition, posted Forsten’s letter to Facebook on Thursday night, which elicited dozens of comments.
“‘Moving forward’ requires a thorough understanding of what has happened in the past and what should never happen again,” Grady Sexton said in an interview Friday.
“Real change can only begin when the school is willing to commit to full transparency and accountability for the past,” she added. “Until then, I hope the community will turn this “dribble” of outrage into river of action.”
Miami Herald August 20, 2019
"What's so dangerous about financial abuse, and what isn't as visible to people, is that for someone who is being financially abused, their resources and access is completely cut off," said Marie Linebaugh, the coalition's program director. "It makes it more challenging for survivors to leave, and once they leave, it's harder for them to maintain that independence and not go back."
Fosters.com August 13, 2019
“No one should need to feel unsafe walking down their streets,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “We should not still be dealing with such behavior.”
Grady Sexton said the responsibility for reporting and preventing harassing behavior can and should be supported by employers.
“We know that more and more companies are developing zero-tolerance policies,” said Grady Sexton. “They are holding trainings for their employees. I wish more would do this because it’s a great first step.”
Grady Sexton said street harassment is a form of sexual harassment.
WCVB August 6 ,2019
“It’s very important that staff and teachers receive training and understanding of how trauma, sexual assault, sexual harassment and bullying affects students,” Linda Douglas, from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said.
Concord Monitor August 3, 2019
“Numerous employees have reported outrageous victim-blaming statements and actions that reflect either a significant bias (against) female victims of sexual and domestic violence or a complete lack of understanding of basic victimology,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s public affairs director. “We hope the county takes action by providing full oversight of that office to ensure that these crimes are properly investigated and prosecuted, and that the legal rights of victims are being upheld.”
The New York Times July 25,2019
Amanda Grady Sexton, a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said in a statement that the children entrusted in the center's care "are among the most vulnerable populations in the state of New Hampshire, and we are deeply disturbed by these indictments."
WMUR July 25, 2019
"Abusers target the most vulnerable children and the ones who are least likely to be heard and believed, so it is imperative that we listen to children and hold individuals and institutions who harm them accountable," said Lyn Schollett, executive director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.