To families of children with special needs:
We are heartbroken for the families that have been affected by the recent sexual abuse allegations in our community. While the current allegations center around non-school athletics, we understand that the individual in question worked within the Marblehead school district as a special education paraprofessional between December 2014-June 2015. Official information regarding which programs or classrooms he worked with are not available to us at this time.
There is nothing more important than the safety and welfare of our children. For this reason, we believe it is necessary to reach out to our community. It is estimated that children with special needs are 3 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than their typical peers – according to the World Health Organization.
In light of recent events, an opportunity exists for special needs families to consider the ways they may discuss this incredibly sensitive subject. Superintendent Perry provided a list of resources that offer a good starting point if considering opening up a dialogue in your family. Additionally, the following is a resource geared to families with special needs SCAN fact sheet.
If you have any new information regarding this investigation, please contact the Marblehead Police Department at 781.631.1212.
Marblehead SEPAC Board