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Mount Saint Agnes Academy to Launch External Investigation Into Historical Abuse Claims. (Hamilton, Bermuda) 

Mount Saint Agnes Academy (MSA), today announced that it is retaining the professional services of T&M Protection Resources, a global investigation firm with particular expertise in the area of historical abuse claims in schools, to conduct an investigation on its behalf. The decision is the result of ongoing conversations with former student, Christine DaCosta, who has given permission to discuss her case publicly. Ms. DaCosta came forward to school officials in 2018 about her experience of exploitation by a teacher at MSA when she was a teenager. An initial investigation into this matter focused specifically on Ms. DaCosta’s claim, and confirmed that the teacher in question left in 1999 immediately after allegations first came to light. However, the school has come to agree on the need for a broader investigation that would invite anyone with knowledge of inappropriate behaviour by anyone connected to MSA, to come forward in confidence. T&M Protection Resources was selected because of its expertise and to ensure that the investigation is handled professionally and confidentially with individual privacy, to the degree legally possible, being a priority. MSA is inviting anyone with information about, or experiences of inappropriate behaviour to contact T&M. The lead investigators, Julie Freudenheim, Managing Director, Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations and Laura Kirschstein, Vice President, Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations, can be reached through a dedicated phone number - (646) 445-7645 and email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. According to MSA Principal, Susan Moench, “If there are other victims who have not felt safe to come forward, MSA is providing a pathway to them. Abuse of any kind, no matter when it occurred, should not and will not be tolerated.” The school stresses its focus on safety today and the value of increasing awareness, thanks to the courage of survivors like Christine DaCosta, of the dangers that exist for children. “Much has changed over the past 20 years,” says Mrs. Moench, “We are more aware as a society about these realities and organisations that work with children have retooled processes and internal cultures to enhance safety measures and encourage open conversation.” MSA is committed to acknowledging the past and pursuing its mission to create a safer, more enlightened future. “With a clear sense of our core values of trust and integrity, we will pursue the truth – wherever that may lead – and will support our alumni who may have been impacted,” says Mrs. Moench.