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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop blaming victims
The power imbalance and huge age differences between these teachers and students makes it impossible for it to be anything but wrong and exploitative. How you can listen to these men and women (especially the women as they describe their experiences with Tim Stanutz) in such detail about the abuse and not believe it, is difficult to understand. Please imagine your daughter or granddaughter or sister or mother or wife going through such a thing and then try to day you think a 16 year old can understand what they are doing.
I need to take a few moments to thank you all so very much for making this incredible work. This story is so necessary not only for “casualties” of teacher sexual abuse but for everyone. Everyone who is subject to schooling and every student needs to be informed about how necessary it is to speak up, to take action, to follow through regardless of how uncomfortable it can be.
This is an incredible testament to those in power how taking action immediately will save countless people many years of strife (and money). I cannot say enough how grateful I am for this podcast. I really wish there was more to listen to. We need more information like this that normalizes speaking up and following through with action in order to protect kids.
Thank you all so much for this therapeutic and informational action.
This subject matter is so difficult and I think the host handled it with a great deal of respect.