Please tell his mother I’m sorry

by Megan A. Benevento
January 12th, 2018

“Please tell his mother I’m sorry.” That sentence is contained in every phone call I have received about the Harbour School since filing our lawsuit on January 9, 2018 in Baltimore County Circuit Court on behalf of an 11-year-old autistic boy who was sexually abused there after his parents repeatedly asked the directors of the school to fulfill their promise to supervise him and keep him safe, to no avail.

Every day I receive a call from another family whose worst nightmare became their reality—their vulnerable and systemically marginalized children have become victims of yet another system where they represent nothing more than a dollar and a number. The Harbour School has time and time again it seems drowned out a young, mentally disabled child’s cry for help and called them a liar, or emotionally disturbed, or stated that an assault was an isolated incident. But how many children have to be abused before Harbour will look within itself, at its own policies and procedures, before acknowledging that these assaults occur because Harbour cannot and refuses to take the necessary actions to keep children safe?

John Doe’s mother came to Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. desperate—Desperate for someone to hear her child’s story and finally take action so that no other child at the Harbour School would be victimized.

She is now joined by a choir of mothers who now know they are not alone. That is the power of litigation. If you or your child have been the victim of sexual assault in a school, at Harbour or anywhere else, please share your story and help us ensure that there is #NotAnother.

Megan Benevento is a civil litigation lawyer and dedicated advocate with deep experience in protecting and enforcing the rights of children, parents, and other individuals who are victims of the system. She handles a broad range of civil rights and general litigation matters before state and federal courts throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area, including police brutality, child abuse, domestic abuse, First Amendment violations, mistreatment of prisoners, significant personal injury, business litigation, professional and medical malpractice, and class action fraud litigation.

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