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Twenty-five years ago, I first remembered being sexually abused as a kid at the San Francisco Boys Chorus summer camp. I later proved it in court, won a substantial judgment that I never collected, and moved on with my life. But the woman who covered it all up, Madi Bacon, was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, and the San Francisco Boys Chorus still has a scholarship in honor of her “quest for excellence” and her “courage.”

There is no courage in covering up sexual abuse. There is nothing excellent about failing to protect children in your care. It is time to stop honoring Madi Bacon and time to start telling the truth: Madi Bacon covered up the sexual abuse of children in order to protect her own reputation. Shame on those who still honor her.

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