The Second Phase of #MeToo - Insisting on Accountability from Those Who Cover Up Abuse

An elite New England boarding school discovers child sexual abuse and decides to keep the perpetrator employed while quietly removing the most vocal student... For seven years, the young student returned to urge the leaders to do the right thing - until she arrived at age 23 to expose the story - and finally got the child molester removed.
Years later in 2016, amidst media attention, the school publishes an open letter "Lawrence Academy Asks Sex Misconduct Victims to Come Forward". A demand was soon sent by an attorney for $2 million in settlement, a Restorative Justice Circle was held, and after all of this - the new leaders are offering just $75,000 - but only if she agrees to keep quiet about it.

This student, now an active sexuality educator, consultant and leader of a social enterprise is calling on the public to make a vote for justice and accountability. She will accept no settlement with a bind of secrecy. We need to stand together to be the voice of reason, right and repair for the sake of all children.

Sexual abuse and harassment are perpetuated by abusers, bystanders and enablers. When the enablers are school headmasters entrusted with the care of children, the concern is even greater. In this era, a lack of willingness to take responsibility for this kind of crime is alarming. We can't let big name institutions control their image while failing to acknowledge and amend for past mistakes. Covering up crimes against children is inexcusable - and it falls on all of us to insist on accountability.

The solution? We shine a light on the story and ask, loudly, that the former and current leaders publicly acknowledge the facts of their handling and reach a compromised settlement of $500,000. A peaceful and humane approach, to yield a new message that actually aligns words with action.

When an institution assumes they are the judge of what is fair compensation for abuse and concealment crimes, the common sense of the people must rise up. We must shine this light brightly and consistently until the fire of justice burns through self-protection and secrecy to bring a new day - for all children and adults.

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Update #32 years ago
Dear Signers ~

After hundreds in the region are urged to attend graduation, simply wearing yellow, Lowell Sun reporter Rick Sobey is banned from campus on Friday:
Current day administrators are conducting an extended cover-up and this needs to end. If you have any large-scale media contacts, please email:

To the new day!

In Solidarity,

Vanessa Osage
Update #22 years ago
Graduation tomorrow! Feature article was titled, “Nightmare Without End”. So, now this ends the way all nightmares do - we wake up! Hundreds are urged to attend ceremony wearing yellow to symbolize the rising sun. A new day where silencing of those who speak up for what is right fades away into darkness. All is revealed. Even if you are not local to MA, please wear yellow tomorrow as a sign of hope for a new day. Honesty, protection, accountability and reverence for the rights of all people.
Update #12 years ago
Big week! Headmaster Daniel Scheibe issues a public statement in response to the Amends Project. In it, he knowingly spreads false information and discloses abuse details without consent of former victims. Issues around violation of confidentiality for the Restorative Justice Circle are called into question…

Upcoming newspaper article Sunday!

Post, share… hold the vision: Full Accountability & Resolution by graduation day, Friday June 1, 2018.

In Solidarity!

Vanessa Osage
"the student"
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