Netflix Show The Keepers Has Made It Easier To Report Sexual Assault

The series spurred Baltimore police into (further) action

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Sick of the binge-watching shamers? If someone ever tries to discredit you inhaling several hundred hours of TV, simply roll out this titbit of news: after Netflix's new true-crime series The Keepers premiered last Friday, the Baltimore police created an online form for those who want to report abuse related to the documentary.

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The show delves into the unsolved murder of 26-year-old Baltimore nun and teacher Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik (aka Sister Cathy) who went missing in 1969.

Two months after she disappeared, her decomposing body was found in a field. The show suggests she was murdered after she was about to expose serious levels of sexual assault happening in the Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls Catholic high school where Cesnik taught.

In the Netflix original documentary, six people claim they were repeatedly sexually abused by Father A. Joseph Maskell, a priest who worked at the school as a chaplain/guidance counselor throughout the 1960s and '70s.

'People have since come forward [after] watching this documentary," a police spokesman told the Baltimore Sun. While he didn't specify how many people had called, he said each person claimed 'they were victims of sex offenses that went unreported back then.'

The new online form is meant to inform police officers and make it easier for survivors to share their stories.

You can find the form here, while The Keepers website with resources for survivors is here.

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