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Boston Globe October 17, 2019
As Amanda Grady Sexton, of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, stated, “What (Ana) did is something that many adults struggle with every day.” Appallingly, the “adults” involved in this situation got it all wrong. The principal astonishingly suspended Ana, then a seventh-grader, for three days for “spreading malicious and slanderous gossip.” By doing this, he aligned himself with the teacher, who now, five years after Ana raised her concerns, has been charged with aggravated rape and other charges.
WMUR October 11, 2019
Concord High School senior Ana Goble was chosen as keynote speaker for the annual celebration of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
The Coalition also honored Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi, who was described as a champion for victims, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for going above and beyond to stand with survivors.
NECN October 10, 2019
A brave teenager is getting some well-deserved recognition years after she reported a teacher's suspicious behavior.
Ana Goble raised concerns about a special ed teacher's inappropriate behavior five years ago. At the time she was in seventh grade at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, New Hampshire.
WHDH October 10, 2019
Lyn Schollett, the coalition’s executive director said the teen did what they hope anyone would do if put in a similar situation.
“We hope that by honoring Ana other teenagers will know that there are trusted adults that they can talk to. That if they come forward we will listen we will believe them and we will make change happen,” Schollett said.
A seventh grader was punished for questioning a teacher’s conduct. Now that teacher is accused of rape.
Boston Globe October 10, 2019
In what world does a school not only ignore concerns about inappropriate behavior by a teacher but even suspend the student who raised them?
That would be Concord, N.H., where the consequences are still unfolding five years later, with the teacher accused of rape, the superintendent and principal placed on leave, and the whistle-blower, Ana Goble, being honored at Thursday night’s annual fund-raiser for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
“All of us are certainly in solidarity with her, but we’re also there to learn from her. What she did is something that many adults struggle with every day,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, the coalition’s director of public affairs, pointing to people’s uncertainty about reporting seemingly problematic behavior. “If the adults in her life listened to her concerns, there very well could have been a different outcome in this case.”
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."