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More than 200 more join lawsuit alleging abuse as children while living in state-run detention center
Sentinel Source March 5, 2021
“It’s unconscionable to think that dozens of boys and girls experienced horrific sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of those whose sole duty was to protect and care for them,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, director of public affairs for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “Children ordered to a secure institution by the juvenile legal system are among the most vulnerable in New Hampshire, and it’s horrifying to think that staff viewed them as easy targets for victimization.”
Seacoast Online March 4, 2021
Male survivors face unique hurdles in disclosing abuse and seeking medical assistance and emotional support. Survivors of sexual assault often blame themselves for the attack, and men, in particular, may feel that they should have been strong enough to defend themselves against the assault.
The Patch March 4, 2021
Alyssa Dandrea, a community relations specialist at the coalition, said sexual offenders often seek positions of authority to gain access to children and also sign onto jobs or volunteer work that can elevate their credibility within their communities and, therefore, gain them the trust of peers. They do this, she said, with the hope that communities will doubt any victim who comes forward to report abuse.
USA Today Feb. 18, 2021
“It was really amazing to see just how many student leaders were really dedicated to improving the climate on college campuses,” said Pamela Keilig, public policy specialist for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
“This legislation was so significant because these best practices had never been codified into (state) law before,” said Keilig. “The guidelines are often subject to change based on the federal rules and regulations.”