Mention of horrific physical and sexual abuse claims emerge from nineteen former students of Agape Boarding School in Stockton, MO this month. A total of over 50 claims have been filed, including but not limited to the following alleged physical, sexual, and emotional abuse:
- head bashing
- punching the genitals
Former students shared that this type of abuse happened over a period of time, decades to be specific while attending Agape Boarding School. The Roys Report that there is camera footage of alleged abuse and assault from former staff members.
Robert Bucklin, one of the many plaintiffs that are part of this lawsuit against the boarding school and church, shared his experience stating the staffers would allegedly inappropriately touch and abuse him “countless times” including pushing him down and choking him. The court filing also share that one of the plaintiffs blacked out while being sexually abused and another was shoved down, causing a broken nose.
Aside from those mentioned above, several other claims have been made that include heavy bruising, broken bones, and sexual abuse and assault.
The church and boarding school reject the allegations of abuse, according to John Schultz, attorney for Agape Baptist Church and the institution. Schultz follows up in a statement “we intend to file a response to these lawsuits, denying the allegations and look forward to a trial where evidence can be presented to refute these allegations.”
Filing A Boarding School Lawsuit
Those who have experienced sexual abuse at a boarding school have legal options. Most complaints of abuse will identify the real perpetrator. They could be a teacher, a member of the facility’s staff, or a different student. However, many of these allegations also list the boarding schools where the abuse took place. Working with a team of attorneys on your sexual abuse case will not only help stop further abuse or sexual crimes but also ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for their alleged acts against the victim.
To learn more, contact our experienced team of sexual abuse lawyers at Justice Guardians that have partnered with Abuse Guardians to help fight for the rights of physically, emotionally, and sexually abused children.
Mr. Banville is a personal injury attorney who has experience in handling auto accidents, work injuries, medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and falls, and representing survivors and victims of sexual abuse. Mr. Banville is affiliated with law firms in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C., and Maryland. Justice Guardians