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Comment from DR1 (Danish television) re NBC’s exchange student documentary

Foreign Exchange Students Sexually Abused In Program Overseen by State Department

Dear NBC / Rock Center,

We here at National Danish TV just found out, that you have produced the same story as we did, about exchange students being victims of sexual abuse in American host families. We broadcast our documentary tonight. Our stories might interest you. We asked CIEST what they intended to do about it (see below). This is already a huge story here in Denmark, and tonight after our broadcast the minister concerned will go on the news demanding that action is taken in the exchange student travel organizations to prevent these cases.

Here is our mail to CSIET:

To CIEST,

We would like to draw your attention to the following:

We are broadcasting a documentary (20th of March on National Danish TV) about Danish exchange-students, who were sexually abused during stay with American host families. We have three cases:

1) The case of 16 year old Nicklas Rassing, who was abused by David Goodhead, Riverside, California, sentencing details from May 2003: 5 month in jail, $ 1500 fine.

2) The Case of 17 year old xxx (name known to us), who was abused by Robert Medley, Henderson County, North Carolina, sentencing details from August 2nd 2005: Sexual Battery, class A1 misdemeanor.

3) The case of 16 year old xxx (name known to us), who was abused by John Hamilton, Fairfax County, Virginia, sentencing details from June 2011: 55 years in jail (5 of which had to do with the Danish case).

This raises some questions about the approval of AISE by CSIET, because AISE in all three cases found the host families:

– Were these cases of sexual abuse reported to CSIET by AISE? And if so, what consequence did it have?

– We understand, that AISE were blacklisted by CSIET in 2003 because of the Rassing-case. How come the two next cases did not get AISE blacklisted the following years?

– Have CSIET received or noticed other cases regarding AISE and sexual abuse of exchange students?

The two missing names can be provided, but AISE has had a mail correspondence with us about the cases, so there is no dispute about identifying the students.

We look forward to your response.

Kind regards,

Michael Klint

Journalist / producer
National Danish Broadcast Corporation

Documentary, DR, DR Byen
Emil Holms Kanal 20, opg.1.3
DK-0999 Copenhagen C

Denmark

Mail: mikl@dr.dk
Phone: +45 3520 3040

Phone, desk: +45 3520 2958

Mob: +45 5191 2220

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2003 Apr 26: Local student exchange group reprimanded

2013 Mar 19: John E. Hamilton v. Commonwealth of Virginia

2012 Mar 20: Misbrug av udvekslingsstudenter

I programmet Bag Facaden afsløres det at flere danske udvekslingsstudenter er blevet seksuelt misbrugt, men at deres sager ikke er indberettet til de danske myndigheder.

20. Mar. 2012 kl. 11:54 Opdateret 20. Mar. 2012 kl. 12:34

I aften bringer DR 1 historien om, at danske unge, der er taget til USA for at få en oplevelse for livet, kommer hjem med ar på sjælen. Det sker bl.a. fordi, der findes eksempler på unge, der misbruges seksuelt af deres værtsfamilier.

Det er programmet Bag Facaden, der kommer med afsløringerne. Værten Maria Andersen har været en tur i Go’Morgen P3 for at fortælle om historierne om nogen af de 1000 unge danskere, der hvert år tager et skoleår til udlandet.

“Nogen af de problemer, de fortæller om, er at de ender hos en værtsfamilie, der ikke har ressourcer hverken menneskeligt eller økonomisk til at have de unge. De får måske deres værtsfamilie få dage før de skal af sted, og værtsfamilien er helt uforberedt på, at de kommer. Og så har vi set eksempler på, at de unge er endt i værtsfamilier, hvor de er blevet udsat for seksuelt misbrug”, siger Maria Andersen om afsløringerne i aftenens udsendelse.

Sag endte med fængselsstraf på 55 år

En af sagerne er endt med en fængselsdom på 55 år til en amerikanske mand, der bl.a. har misbrugt en dansk dreng, der skulle have haft en god oplevelse i USA. Bag Facaden havde søgt aktindsigt i sagen herhjemme, men her var der ikke noget at hente, for sagen er aldrig blevet indberettet til de danske myndigheder. Til gengæld møder Maria Andersen den amerikanske efterforsker, der kan fortælle om de grelle eksempler.

Andre eksempler handler om også om seksuelle overgreb, og i et tilfælde er en 16-årig blev bedt om at underskrive en tavshedsklausul, før han og hans forældre kunne få penge tilbage for opholdet. Bag disse ophold står organisationen STS, der ikke længere er er godkendt af de danske myndigheder efter sager, hvor eleverne blev sendt til kriminelle områder i Sydamerika.

Maria Andersen påpeger dog at de fleste jo har et godt ophold, men når det går galt er der en tendens til at skjule sandheden for myndighederne.

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2011 Jun 27: John E Hamilton, deemed sexual predator