Writer Alex Renton returned to his alma mater, Ashdown House, to help him write this report on the generations of boys sexually abused in Britain’s boarding schools.
Reporting on his own experiences at the boarding school attended by some of Britain’s most powerful men, he talks about the existence now of a thriving area for counselors and therapists called Boarding School Syndrome – a private “survivors’ group” only those with money seem to know about.
Renton writes, “psychiatrists I have spoken to agree that, yes, while sexual and physical abuse is the headline grabber (and what makes criminal cases), real damage is done to children and adults by long-term psychological abuse. A child may recover from a blow, but not from the withdrawal of love and the denial of safety – the ‘complex trauma’ child psychologists talk of.”
Abuse in Britain’s boarding schools: why I decided to confront my demons, from the Guardian/ The Observer
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