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Sexual Abuse – Horace Mann School (Bronx, NY)

Sexual Abuse – Horace Mann School (Bronx, NY)

In June 2012, Amos Kamil wrote a story for the New York Times Magazine in which he revealed that rampant sexual abuse took place for decades by teachers and administrators at the Horace Mann School. Kamil’s account was based on conversations with fellow Horace Mann alumni in the early 1990s who admitted that they were sexually assaulted by various teachers in the school. The report triggered a torrent of responses from former students and the creation of an alumni network, Horace Mann Action Coalition, which was funded to help other victims who were abused as middle and high school students at Horace Mann.

An independent report discovered credible claims of sexual abuse by 64 former students. The former students accused 22 school teachers and staff members of sexual abuse between 1962 and 1996. The victims included over 60 young boys and a handful of girls. The report does not explicitly claim that Horace Mann was involved in a cover-up, but it does allege that school officials declined to cooperate with the investigation and cultivated an atmosphere of secrecy surrounding sexual abuse. The report also included shocking admissions from individual teachers and administrators about sexual relationships and inappropriate conduct between teachers and students.

The sexual abuse at Horace Mann took place in various forms- from rape to inappropriate sexual relationships between teachers and students. The abuse was perpetrated by a variety of employees including gym teachers, heads of departments and deans. Russell “Inky” Clark, the head of school at Horace Mann at the time that the most flagrant abuse occurred, was also implicated in sexual relationships with male students and does not appear to have tried to stop the abuse at any point.

In Mr. Kamil’s subsequent detailed exposition of the abuse at Horace Mann (Great is the Truth), he elaborated on the school’s inadequate response to the allegations that surfaced. The school did nothing more than distance itself from the conduct of its teachers and administration and portrayed itself as a different institution that is disconnected from its past reputation. Survivors of abuse at Horace Man have advocated for an independent investigation into sexual abuse claims at the school. Horace Mann has repeatedly rejected requests for an independent investigation. 

Following Mr., Kamil’s revelations, the Bronx District Attorney investigated the allegations and found “a systemic pattern of alleged abuse” that spanned from the 1960s to the 1990s. At the time of the investigation, the statute of limitations in New York precluded the victims from pursuing lawsuits against the perpetrators and the school. 

Levy Konigsberg is a nationally recognized law firm that has recovered millions of dollars for victims of sexual abuse.  If you or a member of your family has been the victim of sexual misconduct by a teacher, administrator, coach or any adult at a school, please contact our lawyers for a free consultation by calling 1-800-988-8005 or submit an email inquiry on this page.

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