Fessenden abuse part of a larger pattern

Robert Hoatson of Road to Recovery speaks in front of the Berkshire School campus.

SHEFFIELD — The allegations of sexual abuse from more than 45 years ago lodged against current Berkshire School faculty member C. Dary Dunham are part of a larger pattern of abuse in independent schools that has come to light in the last several years.

Hundreds of victims — often former students at New England boarding schools — have come forward to assert their suffering at the hands of predatory faculty and staff members at elite schools where students and faculty live on campus, dine together and develop close relationships with one another.

The allegations against Dunham made by an adult victim who says the abuse took place in 1971 are but one part of Dunham’s long private school career during which he has headed three schools.

For more on this story, pick up this week’s edition of the Berkshire Record on a newsstand near you.

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