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What We Do
We help schools and survivors navigate the process of learning and healing. We have expertise in the areas of historical sexual misconduct and student on student misconduct, providing perspective, guidance, programming and educational support.
Hadley Rock’s survivor-informed and collaborative approach helps build trust during a time of inherent vulnerability. As a survivor of sexual abuse while a student at Milton Academy, Jamie Forbes knows how to establish an environment that makes survivors feel safe. He also understands the institutional realities and the risks that come with drawing negative attention towards your school. A process based on empathy mitigates these risks dramatically. Our comprehensive work with schools includes counsel throughout each phase of work. We separate these into three phases: design, support and response.
In addition to our comprehensive services, we also offer targeted support and speaking engagements.
Schools that embed a survivor-informed perspective throughout the investigation and ongoing response will serve your community best because it demonstrates your commitment to caring, learning and healing. From considering whether an investigation is warranted to setting up and communicating the process, Hadley Rock gives you valuable insight into how to support your entire community, beginning with those who have been harmed.
Helping you think through possible outcomes before you launch the investigation is critical because it informs how you structure the process, how frequently you provide updates, with whom you communicate and how much detail you intend to disclose about the investigation findings. Considering these options before you launch the investigation also helps gain agreement among leadership and enables you to be proactive and act with confidence throughout the process.
- Investigation Design In addition to strong legal counsel, you will need to have a team of other professionals to help guide the investigation process. Other key advisors include therapeutic cousel and perspective for school leadership and staff and a victim/survivor advocate. Creating a well-rounded team ensures you understand the complexity and the imortance of caring for all constituencies involved.
- Leadership Training School adminstrators and Board members need to understand their responsibilities and how to ensure you are meeting them throughout the investgation.
- Communication Perspective What you say, how you say it, to whom you communicate, how frequently you provide information, and how accessible it is for those who want to access it are vital aspects of demonstrating your commitment and care for the school community. We help you understand how to convey your care through your communications.
Investigations are time-consuming and create a significant distraction for your team. At Hadley Rock, we help reduce the anxiety that everyone feels throughout the investigation by providing perspective that is based on best practices from leading institutions and informed by other functional experts on your team. The survivor-informed perspective lets you build trust with investigation participants by treating them with dignity and honoring their courage to both help themselves and your school learn and heal.
- Survivor Advocacy and Safety Fear of re-victimization prevents many survivors from ever coming forward. We provide a confidential way for victims to explore the possibility of participating in the investigation by talking to a fellow survivor who explains the process and acts as a resource throughout the investigation. This peer-centered resource is very different from asking survivors to call an investigator, attorney or school contact because of the fragile, vulnerable nature of victimization. Providing an opportunity to speak first with someone who has a shared experience is an important step in establishing a safe environment for survivors to tell their story.
- Independent Liaison Investigation participants become deeply engaged in the process. Once they decide to overcome their fear of being re-victimized and participate in the investigation, survivors need someone they can contact to ask questions and hear updates. Providing an independent, confidential channel to check on the status of the investigation reduces the anxiety and stress for investigation participants and demonstrates your commitment to caring for them. In short: it’s good for everyone.
- Communication Perspective Ensuring all members of the community recognize your commitment to caring for them, from announcing an investigation to providing updates, disclosing findings and supporting the ongoing response. It is difficult find the right balance of communication – too much time between updates can convey that you’re avoiding the issue while over-communicating risks giving the impression that the investigation has overtaken academic priorities. Our connection to investigation participants as well as others in the community provide valuable insight into how much information your community needs throughout the process.
Once you receive the report from your investigative team, you need to digest, process and figure out how to respond to the findings. We work together with you to decide what to communicate to the different audiences with whom you will share the findings. For example, those who participated in the investigation deserve the respect of receiving information before the broader population and having the opportunity to ask questions. We help you consider the various audiences and what will help them process the findings and understand any subsequent plans for your ongoing response.
- Empathetic Voice We work alongside peer professionals to provide ongoing support to your school’s leadership team on how to heal individuals and the broader community.
- Confidential Point of Contact We maintain a critical access point for survivors to find resources and information on school actions.
- Speaking and Training With an eye towards different audiences (faculty, staff, students, alums and parents), we present in a clear, accessible and safe way that helps each audience learn about, discuss and become inspired to keep everyone safe. We also work closely with subject matter experts for policy, procedure and education audits.
- Victim Support Fund (Distribution Oversight) Schools need to ensure anyone who has been harmed by misconduct has access to funds that help them heal. Including Hadley Rock in your oversight of the distribution demonstrates appropriate transparency and gives survivors a level of comfort that they have an advocate invoved in the process.
Faculty, Staff and Students need to understand how to keep themselves and their peers safe. Talking about sexual misconduct can be challenging. And yet preventing sexual misconduct requires all of us to understand its root causes and ways to build personal resilience. We need to give ourselves and students opportunities to discuss and understand concepts such as consent, vulnerability, power dynamics, sexual norms and expectations, and the impact of porn and social media. The meaning of masculinity is particularly important because it’s a source of deep confusion and angst for students – and particularly for males. We make these discussions accessible and introduce ways to encourage ongoing dialogue both while we are with you and after we leave. We strongly believe that increasing awareness and promoting ongoing conversations are the best forms of prevention.