The families of eight former students at Washington Hebrew Congregation’s preschool are suing the early childhood center, alleging that the school allowed the “prolonged and repeated” abuse of three- and four-year-old children in their care.
“Systemic, regular sexual abuse of such young children and in large numbers in an educational environment does not occur in the absence of neglect by the school administrators of their duty to operate the environment in a manner that thwarts the ability of would-be and unknown predators to access children alone, without visibility or accountability, in order to abuse them,” reads the 74-count complaint filed in Superior Court for the District of Columbia.
The lawsuit was filed anonymously to protect the identity of the children and their families, and the plaintiffs are represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. The families are seeking damages to help manage the consequences of sexual abuse.
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