From the host that brought you The Band Played On, The Banned Teacher is a new investigation, in a different city. He says it was consensual sex. She says it was rape. He was her music teacher. She was a teen. And it wasn't just once, with one girl. He had sex with students in closets, classrooms, and cars. The Banned Teacher begins with one victim's search for justice but turns into a full investigation by host Julie Ireton. Warning: This series contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault
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Episode 1: The ghost
As a teen, Anne-Marie Robinson dreamed of becoming a professional musician. The talented French horn player soon became the music teacher’s favourite. But it wasn’t the kind of attention she wanted. On a band trip, he bought the kids alcohol and she ended up in his hotel bed. Decades later, she ran into him. It was like seeing a ghost.
Episode 2: Time capsule
Robinson stored her painful, high-school memories deep in her mind. But it all came flooding back in midlife after she saw the music teacher. She decided to confront him. That meeting led Robinson on a journey to discover what really happened and report it to police.
Episode 3: Seeking justice
More than a year after Robinson went to police, William Douglas Walker was charged with a sex crime. She alleged he groomed and controlled her when she was 16. After four and half years in court, a judge said there wasn’t enough proof she hadn’t consented to sex. The case was dismissed.
Episode 4: Hello powerful woman
Robinson couldn’t help but think if she knew there were other victims, the outcome of the case would have been different. The investigation finds another survivor, Robinson reaches out and gets a response right away: “Hello Powerful Woman.” She finally meets the woman who got the teacher banned.
Episode 5: The blip
The desk in Jeanie McKay’s teenage bedroom had 56 notches: one for every time she had sexual intercourse with her music teacher. It would become evidence years later, when Walker was found guilty of professional misconduct and banned from teaching. During his statement, he referred to his former student as a “blip.”
Episode 6: The diaries
Jackie Short kept detailed diaries as a teen. She knew the teacher was making sexual advances to multiple students. At the same time, he was courting another teacher who would become his wife. On a band trip to Germany, Short told an administrator what was going on at their high school.
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Are what the podcast medium exists to tell. And with every single person who listens, consciousness is expanded of the experiences of these victims at the hands of these monsters and of their courageous efforts, as CHILDREN, to bring them to the attention of the “adults” in charge, only to be ignored and to feel unearned guilt for the crimes against the girls that came after. Beautifully and sensitively told - absolutely mandatory listening.
What an incredibly powerful podcast! So many podcasts these days are exploitative and non-victim centered, but I think the subject material was handled masterfully. Would absolutely recommend! As a survivor, made me feel seen and really inspired by all these incredible women fighting for change through collective action.
This series was so sad to hear. I could tell the story really blew up and a sisterhood was formed as a result of this reporting. Episode 8 that featured punch daddy bright me to tears. He is so sweet. Start listening now. Glad to hear all these women have somebody to turn to now