An NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit Documentary into a Bay Area private school that allegedly covered up nearly three decades of sexual abuse
SAN JOSE, CA – (January 10, 2019) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV will air an investigative documentary, Not Words But Deeds, about a sex abuse scandal at a San Jose private school on Saturday January 12 at 6:30 p.m. The special report is based on NBC Bay Area’s investigative series into Presentation High School which exposed allegations that the local Catholic school for girls covered up nearly three decades of sexual abuse on campus and shielded teachers accused of abusing students from prosecution.
“Not Words But Deeds is a powerful example of the important role of investigative journalism in our communities,” said Stephanie Adrouny, Vice President of News for NBC Bay Area. "If it weren’t for our investigative team’s reporting, many of these allegations may have never come to light.”
Featuring exclusive interviews with alleged victims and witnesses, Not Words But Deeds looks at the stories of the women who made courageous efforts to come forward but were allegedly silenced by school administration. It examines how multiple accused abusers including teachers and other faculty could go unchecked and continue to teach at the school for so many years.
NBC Bay Area’s investigation, led by Senior Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen, was the first to break the story about the sex abuse scandal at Presentation High in 2017. To date, the Investigative Unit has learned of at least 10 alleged victims and at least seven teachers or staff members accused of abuse or inappropriate sexual behavior.
“There were significant challenges reporting on a close-knit, private school that’s exempt from open records laws,” said Nguyen. “We overcame that by building trust with alleged victims and cultivating a robust network of sources at the school. We thank the women for coming forward and trusting us with their stories.”
The investigation has prompted significant reforms at the school, the suspension of two teachers, and the resignation of the school’s powerful president, who led the school for more than 20 years and was accused of failing to report multiple allegations of sexual abuse to the police.
Presentation High School declined NBC Bay Area’s interview request for the documentary citing privacy and pending litigation. In a statement, the school’s current principal Katherine Georgiev said the school has created a new app for students to make anonymous reports, hired new leadership and encouraged alumni to report abuse directly to police.
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