In October 2017, Kathryn Leehane wrote an article, When the Legal System Fails Sexual Assault Victims, We Have to Find Our Own Closure, for The Washington Post. In that essay, Kathryn intended to highlight the broken legal system and sought to reassure other sexual abuse survivors there are many ways to heal.
Although no specifics were disclosed in the narrative, many people recognized the teacher and the school, and dozens of victims and witnesses of childhood sexual abuse at Presentation High School (PHS) came forward.
Kathryn had inadvertently exposed a sexual abuse scandal spanning decades and involving more than a dozen abusers and over forty victims.
She immediately began to advocate for the dozens of survivors from the school, and Make Pres Safe was formed. The community of advocates fought for strict adherence to mandated reporting laws, permanent changes in leadership and policy, and accountability and justice for the survivors.
In July 2020, the new PHS president, Holly Elkins, released the findings of an independent investigation and a letter of apology and support resources for the dozens of survivors.
Although her work with Make Pres Safe is done, Kathryn continues her work in victim advocacy, with a focus on legislative reform.