Lara St John accuses Curtis of ignoring her abuse

The violinist, who gave an account in July of historic sexual abuse by her Curtis professor, has written to the pinnacle of the institute demanding to know why nothing has been completed.

It’s a troublesome letter (you learn it right here first).

Mr. Roberto Díaz President Curtis Institute of Music

1726 Locust Road Philadelphia, PA 19103

October 30, 2019
Expensive Roberto:
Whereas I respect your observe, I’ve some elementary points with the best way you and your Board of Administrators have approached my letter to you, dated August 12, 2013, and your collective response to the next revelations within the press of my previous abuse.

After I first shared the knowledge of my abuse and rape by the hands of a pedophile within the make use of of Curtis with you and your Board of Administrators, you pledged to diligently examine. Each Elizabeth Warshawer and the Institute’s legal professional indicated that a report can be rendered following the investigation and that a copy can be shared with me.

Whereas we now know that a report was written, when Stephen Judson requested you to share it with me, you at first denied data of a report and after a variety of subsequent written requests, acknowledged the existence of a report which you declined to share with me. I now know why you declined to share the report, having learn it within the Philadelphia Inquirer in July. Your, and the Board’s commissioned investigation was designed to not arrive on the fact nor to safeguard the youngsters and different college students at the moment attending Curtis, however relatively, to grasp what legal responsibility existed for the college on account of the prison exercise there which was each condoned and facilitated by members of your employees.

This was disappointing to me.

Because the day the general public revelations of those crimes had been revealed within the media, nobody out of your workplace or Board has:
1. articulated any remorse for a way I used to be victimized;

2. investigated the occasions of 1985 and 1986; three. contacted witnesses to Robert Fitzpatrick’s assembly with me by which he refused to guard me from Curtis’ worker, a pedophile; or four. explored the quite a few different circumstances of rape, sexual abuse and sexual coercion, which occurred with the data of workers of Curtis.

You and the Board have failed each this venerable establishment and the Curtis neighborhood.
Severe crimes had been dedicated and we now know that dozens of different youngsters and girls had been affected by this sample of abuse, neglect and negligence by senior Curtis employees.

So, to deal with your preliminary query, a number of issues would wish to happen earlier than I meet or converse with you on the phone:
1. You and your Board of Administrators would wish to publicly acknowledge Curtis‘ failure to guard me as a minor from a pedophile;

2. You would wish to have interaction a regulation agency corresponding to Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP in New York; the regulation agency which acted for The Cleveland Orchestra in its current investigation of sexual misconduct throughout the orchestra’s ranks; to conduct a full investigation free from interference from both you or the Curtis Board of Administrators;

three. You’d launch the report publicly making it obtainable to all Curtis Alumni, Board of Administrators, employees, college students and the general public;

four. You’d converse to RAINN (Rape And Incest Nationwide Community) about establishing a hotline run by them, as an alternative of the present service you’ve gotten engaged which name middle employees are inadequately skilled in trauma and sexual abuse, victims are inspired to be very transient about their abuse, and are suggested that their anonymity will doubtless be compromised and can’t be assured.

After getting met these situations, I will likely be happy to talk with you and members of your Board to debate methods by which Curtis can higher meet its duty to its college students and stakeholders.

Lara St. John

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