The sexual abuse and assault attorneys at Grewal Law PLLC are proud to represent several victims of sexual assault, representing a pattern of abuse and deception that spanned decades at Cranbrook Schools. Cranbrook first opened an elementary school in 1922, followed by an all-boys high school in 1927. In 1985, Cranbrook’s high school became co-educational and merged with the existing girls’ school, Kingswood.
As of April 2022, Cranbrook Schools acknowledged abuse that took place at the school beginning in the 1940s through the 1960s. However, multiple victims have since come forward to report abuse and assault that took place after the time Cranbrook acknowledged, including incidents that took place in the 1980s. We at Grewal are confident that, like in similar cases of sexual assault in educational institutions, there are more survivors who have not come forward and span every decade of Cranbrook Schools’ history.
Inappropriate Conduct, Inappropriate Response
Victims allege a variety of behaviors ranging from inappropriate touching to sexual assault, causing physical and emotional injury and making them feel unsafe and uncomfortable disclosing their experiences.
According to Cranbrook survivors, the schools’ culture made it more difficult to come forward with this information. Victims recount experiences with unsupportive and apathetic employees when it came to both academic and social issues. This environment further discouraged victims from feeling that they could safely disclose such personal information to anyone at Cranbrook schools.
Cranbrook Acknowledges Abuse, Refuses to Disclose Details
In a letter released last month to over 13,000 Cranbrook and Kingswood alumni, Cranbrook Schools said that “[a] Cranbrook School graduate has informed us that he experienced sexual misconduct during the time he was a student by a former faculty member who worked at the school from 1946 to 1961. This former faculty member is now deceased.”
Cranbrook has not released any details pertaining to the assaults nor the name of the accused employee(s), stating only that “the reported incident occurred more than 60 years ago and does not involve any current faculty, administrators, staff or students.” Cranbrook Schools has reportedly hired a private investigator, but no other information has been released to alumni and their families nor the public at large.
Ending the Stigma
Have you or someone you loved been harmed by a faculty member at Cranbrook Schools? Our trauma-informed attorney team is here to advocate for you.
Grewal Law PLLC has taken on a number of high-profile sexual assault cases against a variety of Michigan schools, including the University of Michigan for survivors of Robert Anderson and Michigan State University for the survivors of Larry Nassar.
Our team wants to fight for the closure, compensation, and justice that you deserve. Call (888) 227-4770 or contact us online to speak with a compassionate attorney in a free, confidential consultation.
Growing up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nolan Erickson began working at Church Wyble PC in 2007 as a law clerk. Now as an attorney with Grewal Law, Mr. Erickson has developed extensive experience with all phases of trial and pre-trial resolution of personal injury matters, including major auto accident, medical malpractice, and other serious injury cases.