A truth long buried

An Israeli-born alumnus of Horace Mann takes a deep look at the accusations of sexual abuse in the NYC school.

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February 3, 2016 13:26
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Jon Sieger

Jon Sieger, a former student at Horace Mann School, who has alleged sexual abuse during his time there, sits beside a picture of himself during a news conference in New York in 2013. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The hit film Spotlight with Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo has brought the issue of exposing child sex scandals to the mainstream. Based on Boston Globe journalists who wrote a series of stories exposing the Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophile priests, the film demonstrates the power for change that can be effected by a small group of dedicated people.

That same feeling permeates Amos Kamil’s Great is the Truth, about the institutionalized phenomenon of sexual abuse against dozens of mostly male teen students by at least 22 faculty members of the prestigious Horace Mann School in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale.

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