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Music school faces civil suit over sexual abuse of student

Original post made on Jan 17, 2020

School of Rock, a private music school in Midtown Palo Alto, is facing a civil lawsuit stemming from incidents of sexual abuse against a 15-year-old student by one of its instructors in 2017.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 17, 2020, 5:05 PM

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Posted by Patterns
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

This is how predators get away with it. They curry favor with the person who makes the decisions, and makes it easy for that person to dismiss complaints that would head off the worst abuse before it happens. They heap insult on injury by making those with concerns seem like they are in the wrong and isolating them.

The sad thing is that usually the complaints don't come in a vacuum, usually there are other ignored complaints, other people who had trouble with the predator. And too often, when people wake up to the concerns, they quietly dissociate themselves and the predator moves on to other victims.

The fact is that a business's continuing to employ this guy knowing the past history or concerns was negligent, and made what happened to the girl possible. If an employer knowingly continues to employ someone with a history of troubling behavior, and that employment gives the person access to victims because of that employment, the employer is legally on the hook. It's very troubling to hear this is a broader pattern with the chain.

Posted by Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:56 pm

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