HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two Kamehameha Schools executives appear in a video released Tuesday in which the institution issues another apology for the decades-old case in which a former consulting psychiatrist from St. Francis Hospital sexually abused students.
"Over the past few weeks, our institution has been in the news related to a series of abuses that occured 40 years ago," says Micah Kane, the chairman of Kamehameha Schools' Board of Trustees. "Though this happened many years ago, in this case, time does not heal. We are here today to acknowledge our shortcomings."
The video is posted with a caption that reads: "We're committed to doing what is right, and we want you to hear it directly from us."
Over nearly three decades, from 1958 to 1985, Dr. Robert Browne sexually abused boys at Kamehameha Schools, the school has acknowledged, and victims say he made clear to them that they had to keep quiet about the assaults.
Dozens of victims have since come forward, telling similar stories, even 50 years later, about being driven by school employees to Dr. Browne's office at St. Francis Hospital and being sexually assaulted on a weekly basis – often for years.
The victims are now preparing for a courtroom battle against Kamehameha Schools and the hospital. They say they're pursuing the lawsuit because they want accountability.
"I think it's a little late in coming. I believe this could have been done a long time ago," said victim Gerald Carrell. "We spent years in infamy. Years in anonymity and in shame and all of that could have been avoided."
In an emailed statement sent out in December, attorneys for Carrell and the other victims said the "34 men who brought these lawsuits against Kamehameha Schools did so, not only to address their own wounds, but also to change the culture at Kamehameha Schools -- from arrogance and protection of the institution to transparency and protection of the children."
They added, "The apology issued (last month) is 50 years late, but it is recognition of what the school historically has ignored and represents the first step towards accountability and reconciliation."
Here's the text from Kamehameha Schools that accompanied Tuesday's video:
HIDDEN BETRAYAL: THE KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS SEX ABUSE SCANDAL
Hawaii News Now also has a three-part series on the Kamehameha Schools sex abuse scandal. Part One: Kamehameha Schools sex abuse victims: 'Monster' stole our childhoods Part Two: 'Cover-up' added to pain, Kamehameha School sex abuse victims say Part Three: Victims: Kamehameha Schools sex abuse suit is about accountability