Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Anchor Boys: Tough Love or Abuse?


The Baptist preacher Lester Roloff founded the Anchor Home for Boys to help troubled teenagers get their lives back on track. Nearly fifty years and three states later, the school that bears his name has transformed dramatically and escaped the allegations of abuse that once plagued its reputation. But many of its alumni are still haunted by questions.

With help from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, I spent several months examining allegations of abuse over the 40+ years at this residential program for "troubled" teen boys.

Read the short version at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Read the long version at The Revealer

And check out the short documentary by Deborah Esquenazi at either link.

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