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NHCADSV Statement on decision by the NH Department of Justice to launch full investigation into Youth Development Center abuse case
March 11, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Amanda Grady Sexton (603) 548-9377, firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: NHCADSV Statement on decision by the NH Department of Justice to launch full investigation into Youth Development Center abuse case
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is grateful to the Department of Justice for bringing an unprecedented number of criminal justice resources to conduct the investigation into the Youth Development Center (YDC) and the pending cases of State v. Jeffrey Buskey and State v. Stephen Murphy.
“By bringing the full force of NH’s law enforcement resources to carefully investigate every claim of abuse and assault that has come to light, we are hopeful that the state can seek justice for any survivor who has suffered egregious harm while under the state’s supervision,” said Lyn Schollett, the Executive Director of the Coalition.
We know that it is not unusual for perpetrators to seek out children who are vulnerable and who have challenges, and children who are under the care of institutions like YDC are particularly vulnerable to abuse.
We also know that many survivors of child sexual abuse commonly never tell anyone about being assaulted until later in life, with the average age of 52 as the age of disclosure. Often, only as adults, do survivors feel safe enough to tell someone and have the emotional support they need or have a true understanding of the abuse that occurred. We often hear from survivors of childhood sexual abuse that they chose to come forward so that other victims don’t feel alone, or so that no other children suffer from the same abuse they experienced
We encourage anyone who has been sexually or physically abused, no matter when the abuse occurred, to come forward to seek confidential and compassionate support or information through one of the 13 member programs of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Caring advocates are available 24/7 at NH’s statewide hotline at 1-800-277-5570.
In addition, the NH Department of Justice urges any person with information regarding criminal conduct at the YDC to contact Sergeant Justin Rowe of the New Hampshire State Police at (603) 223-8849 or email@example.com or Investigator James Kinney at the Attorney General’s Office at (603) 271-1258 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Coalition:
NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org.