8 episodes

This investigative series unravels a complicated web of five decades of historical sexual abuse involving dozens of teens–preyed upon by three teachers. Warnings were ignored, abuse continued, and the ...

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This investigative series unravels a complicated web of five decades of historical sexual abuse involving dozens of teens–preyed upon by three teachers. Warnings were ignored, abuse continued, and the ...

    E1: The Gun

    E1: The Gun

    It's the summer of 1985. Peter Hamer is a typical, goofy teenager partying with his friends. They're drinking beer and coolers. Then he invites his music teacher to join them, with sinister intentions. Thirty-three years later, Hamer returns to his high school band room to explain what happened next. Listener discretion is advised.

    • 40 min
    E2: The Coach

    E2: The Coach

    The coach was successful, charismatic and powerful, and in 1968 he treated student Rob Ferron like he was special. Years later, Madeleine Glaus discovers her son had been groped by the same coach, and had also been preyed on by a music teacher. Both men worked at the same school at the same time. How else were they connected? Listener discretion is advised.

    • 40 min
    E3: The Dance of the Lemons

    E3: The Dance of the Lemons

    In 1986, Peter Hamer told a school administrator about his vulgar, abusive music teacher. Soon, the teacher was gone. Other adults had known what was going on, but it was a different time. This episode explores the institutional failure that allowed the abuse to continue. Listener discretion is advised.

    • 44 min
    E4: The Crush

    E4: The Crush

    On a clear spring day in 2017, witnesses call 911 to report a fiery car crash. The driver of the car is a high school music teacher who’d been facing charges of sexual assault. That teacher's former student, Laurie Howat, is the one who pulls the thread that unravels a troubling web of secrets. Listener discretion is advised.

    • 48 min
    E5: Face the Music

    E5: Face the Music

    A predatory music teacher has his day in court, and victims are there to watch. When Peter Hamer tried to reveal his secret decades ago, authorities failed to act. Now they're listening. But after so much time has passed, will this man go to prison? Will survivors get the answers they've been seeking? Listener discretion is advised.

    • 38 min
    E6: The Demon Inside

    E6: The Demon Inside

    When the court documents are finally unsealed, they reveal a disturbing portrait of a sex offender who began preying on students in the late 1960s. Authorities, including police, were aware of the teacher's encounters with teens. The fresh details draw sympathy and forgiveness from some survivors, while others hold him responsible for failing to keep his demons in check. Listener discretion is advised.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
440 Ratings

440 Ratings

somadiwanttoscream ,

Brilliant podcast

Not easy to listen to due to the heartbreaking experiences of so many. Thank you so much to all those who spoke out and to the excellent CBC crew who produced this podcast.
None of you walked away, all of you pursued together the road to justice. You are well on your way. I look forward to knowing that all institutions who allowed these monsters to continue to be in the school system are named and make restitution.

Momto1ofeach ,

Don’t Wish for the Good Old Days

Bringing an important subject put into the light. Whenever you have a people who are in a position of authority over someone weaker due to age and/or position, this crap has happened and been covered up by superiors, wives, organizations and schools. It blows my mind that so many people that considered themselves good people brushed this under the rug, allowing more and more children to be abused.

I had several dodgy teachers over the years. My male grade 7 teacher liked to hang out with and go running outside of school with the pretty, sporty girls in our class. Even at the time I thought it was weird that a grown man would want to hang out with a bunch of 12-year-olds. At my first high school, there was a gym teacher who was having a long-running sexual relationship with one of his female students. At my next high school, the foods teacher was doing the same with one with of her students.

My husband’s family had friends whose 16-year-old painfully shy, and beautiful daughter was seduced and ended up marrying a teacher that was 30 years her senior. She was his third wife and the second student he married. They divorced a decade later and I believe he moved on to one more before he was allowed to retire early.

Kudos to all these brave men talking about this difficult subject and the affect it had had on them and their lives.
My heart breaks: for what was, and for what might have been.

Peter Hamer ,

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who listened to this podcast. As one of the teenage victims of Bob Clarke, I believe this is a story that had to be told. Julie Ireton did an outstanding job, her caring and compassion toward all of us was genuine and heartfelt. I know the investigation had a significant impact on her and I can think of no one who could have done a better job. From the beginning of this journey with her I’ve told her she’s our hero for allowing the story to be told in such a careful and honest way.

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