In October 2017, Presentation High School alum 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 dozens of victims and witnesses of sexual abuse at Presentation High School came forward. One of those witnesses was Presentation High School alum 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 leadership and policy to protect all the students entrusted to their care. They also want accountability and justice for the dozens of childhood sexual abuse survivors.