In October 2017, Kathryn Leehane (’91) wrote an article, When the Legal System Fails Sexual Assault Victims, We Have to Find Our Own Closure, for the Washington Post. Kathryn intended to highlight the broken legal system and sought to reassure other sexual abuse survivors there are many ways to heal.
Although no specifics were disclosed in the narrative, many people recognized the teacher and the school, and more victims of sexual abuse and witnesses came forward. One of those witnesses was Cheryl Hodgin Marshall (’91) who went with Jane Doe to report her sexual assault to Mary Miller and witnessed Mary intimidating Jane into silence.
Kathryn and Cheryl are working with victims’ advocate Robert Allard to create positive change at Presentation High School. They are fighting for strict adherence to California’s child protection laws and permanent changes in PHS policy and leadership to protect all the students entrusted to their care. They also want accountability and justice for the survivors—and to give them a voice.