Welcome Friends and Classmates to PATH
Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni for Truth & Healing (PATH) has created this website to keep our community informed as we respond to actions by our school, advocate with alignment to values, and spearhead new initiatives. We are a growing organization advocating for a collaboration of change with and for Phillips Exeter Academy through action for alumni sexually harmed. The PATH Survivor Support Fund initiated and supported by concerned alumni speaks to the potential for recognition and support in the Exeter community. We will continue to build resources on this site and update our actions, initiatives, and relevant news stories about Exeter’s response to sexual misconduct both historical and current. For updates of Exeter in the news see here. For updates of PATH’s responses and interactions with the school, see here.
PATH believes that the Exeter community will be strengthened by the Academy’s acknowledgment of the harm that has occurred to sexual misconduct victims, by reconciliation with alumni whose lives have been inextricably altered by their experience, while restoring and reseeding trust in our community through ensuring it is one that is increasingly responsive, learning, and growing.
We believe that Exeter has the opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in creating pathways for healing, consistent with its charter to instill the highest morality in its students, in this case by setting the example of taking accountability and doing its best to remedy the harm caused.
Read the full Mission Statement here.
Read about where we are now and the PATH Fund for Survivors here.
Thank you to all who have supported our endeavors at PATH so far. The PATH Fund provides a different way to give back to Exeter.The PATH Survivor Support Fund exists to support individual survivors of abuse at Exeter. Run through FJC, an established philanthropic organization in New York City, donations to the Fund enjoy the same tax treatment as those to a 501(c)(3) charity. The Fund is currently supporting four survivors with the cost of therapy and one with housing. Monthly distributions at this time are nearly $7,000 and we hope to raise enough funds to continue these monthly grants as needed and to help other Exeter survivors with the costs of therapeutic care and basic living expenses when needed.
The financial grants are only part of what the Fund offers Exeter survivors. Equally important is being responded to with care and respect by fellow alumni. This is healing in action as that sense of belonging Is what many survivors have lost.
In the spirit of non sibi consider contributing to the Fund, and especially that you consider becoming a monthly supporter. It means so much to your fellow alums in their path to healing.
Other initiatives we are pursuing include crafting a pioneering process survivors can choose to engage with that is supportive, healing, and brings appropriate appreciation and respect to the experiences they have endured. This work that we hope will benefit both survivors and provide an option more aligned with thee words of our schools’s founder, John Phillips: Goodness without knowledge… is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous”
We are deeply appreciative for the immense alumni support for PATH’s work, and the support of alumni for whom a safe and non-adversarial or potentially re-traumatizing process is not yet in place for coming forward at our school.
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