Welcome Friends and Classmates to PATH
Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni for Truth & Healing (PATH) has created this website to keep connected with our community as we respond to our school and encourage alignment to values of goodness through collaboration and innovation. We are a growing organization advocating for change with and for Phillips Exeter Academy through action for alumni sexually harmed. The PATH Survivor Support Fund initiated by concerned alumni speaks to the potential for engagement and support within the Exeter community. We will continue to post 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. Please also see out instagram @exeterpath. For resources 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 safer, responsive, learning, and growing.
We believe that Exeter has the opportunity and responsibility to lead the way in creating pathways for recognizing and responding to reports of harm, and healing for those who are harmed, consistent with in loco parentis and Exeter’s charter to instill the highest morality in its students, by setting the example of accountably and responsibility as remedy of harm caused to individuals and our community.
Read the full Mission Statement here.
Recent News About Exeter’s Response to Sexual Abuse:
New Facilitated Circles to process in community current and past events. read more here
Read about where we are now and the PATH Fund for Survivors here.
“I never knew how healing this alumni community could be”
“Something wonderful has happened, I was able to find a therapistI trust enough to work with, and to be vulnerable and open about what I experienced for the first time. I am still not in a place where I am ready to come forward about my experience, but the therapy is helping enormously.”
Thank you to all who have supported our endeavors at PATH so far. The financial grants are truly only part of what the Fund offers Exeter survivors. Your care and support in this issue is immeasurable. Held and responded to with respect by fellow alumni is sometimes even more healing for many survivors as a sense of belonging in community is often a part of what was lost.
The PATH Fund provides an opportunity to put non sibi into action. The PATH Survivor Support Fund exists to support individual survivors of abuse at Exeter with therapy expenses in particular. 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 to five survivors, one is receiving support with housing. Monthly distributions at this time are nearly $3,500 and we hope 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.
Please consider becoming a monthly supporter. It means so much to your fellow alums in their path to healing.
PATH is actively pursuing a more definitive and collaborative solution with the Academy to support the needs of survivors without either adversarial mediation or litigation. We are working toward a mutually beneficial process that will address survivors’ ongoing needs 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.” Please contact Ann Malabre [email protected] for more information about this endeavor.
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.