On behalf of former students of the Maret School in the District of Columbia, we are investigating reports of student sexual abuse by Maret School teachers that occurred against what is alleged to be a background of a no-boundaries and no-accountability culture at the school for decades. The reported allegations include sexual intercourse, inappropriate touching, and the grooming of vulnerable children fox sex. A formal report on the decades of sexual abuse at the Maret School was released by the school in late 2019, and it noted that at least four faculty members at the elite DC private school were suspected of sexually abusing students between 1975 and 2008.
The Maret School is located in the District’s Woodley Park area and serves students in kindergarten through high school on a single campus. The school’s internal probe was commenced after at least one alumnus contacted school leaders to report on a past incident of faculty-student sexual abuse at the school, highlighting the claim that the Maret School did not thoroughly investigate the abuse when it originally occurred. The resulting report spans over three decades and details allegations made against eight faculty members, four of which met a high standard of credibility and severity and four of which were credible but lacked sufficient substantiation to date.
Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel have filed a class action sexual abuse lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against the University of Michigan and its Regents for allowing and enabling a University physician, Dr. Robert E. Anderson, to sexually abuse students while employed by the University from 1968 until 2003. The lawsuit is brought on behalf of former student-patients who allege Anderson used his position to repeatedly and regularly sexually assault University students in the guise of providing medical care.
Prior to the filing, Lieff Cabraser investigated reports of sexual misconduct by University of Michigan doctor and athletics program physician Robert E. Anderson occurring over a 35-year period at UofM. The sexual abuse allegations against Anderson are said to be “disturbing and very serious,” according to a press release issued by the University, and include claims of unnecessary and intimate exams by a doctor with unrestricted access to male college athletes over a period of over three decades.
The allegations come in the wake of new legislation enacted in Michigan in 2018 that extends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes past their previously narrow limits. Experts note that these kinds of physician-student sexual abuse cases hinge on the doctors’ power and access to the students, and that given the wide power imbalance and shaming relied on by the predatory abuser, it is not uncommon for victims to wait to report the abuse.