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June 15, 2015 Thirteen Sisters Letter to the ASIJ Community

June 15, 2015
Dear ASIJ Community,

We, the Thirteen Sisters, would like to thank ASIJ’s new board of directors and you, the ASIJ community, for all your support and hard work on our behalf.

As many of you know from the board’s letter and our accompanying statement to the ASIJ community on June 5, 2015, we met with members of the new board in Portland, Oregon, from May 31 to June 4. This meeting was not only the culmination of a decades-long battle by the survivors but also a watershed moment in ASIJ’s history. We want to extend an enormous thank you to current and former students, faculty, parents, and other members of the ASIJ community for your unwavering support in this battle. Your voices, letters, petitions, emails, and Facebook posts played a pivotal role in turning the tide, as you continued to pressure ASIJ to do the right thing. Without your efforts, what occurred in Portland—and what will occur in the years to come—would not have happened. We cannot thank you enough for that. We are also grateful to the attorneys and staff at Crew Janci law firm in Portland for their belief in our cause and their tenacious work. They, along with mediator Paul Finn, made this reconciliation a reality.

During the time we spent together in Portland, the new board members repeatedly demonstrated their determination to do the right thing in their words and actions. They treated us with honesty, dignity, and respect, all of which we had been previously denied. They made it clear there would be no more concealment and no more blaming of the victims or our attorneys. They showed us their commitment to trying to right the wrongs committed by Jack Moyer against us and others. They also acknowledged responsibility for the actions of former headmasters, principals, teachers, and others who ignored or rejected us and our reports of Jack Moyer’s sexual abuse.

The new board demonstrated its commitment to us in tangible ways. They spent many hours listening to our pain and frustrations and provided heartfelt and sincere apologies. They assured us that they believe us without reservation, that the evidence is clear that the school knew of Moyer’s decades of abuse, and that administrators’ denials of being notified are not credible. After enduring so many years of shame and silencing, this means more to us than words can convey.

Nor did they stop there. In addition to the substantive actions outlined in the board’s June 5 letter, we want to make sure you hear of the other steps they have taken and will continue to take in response to this tragedy as they work to prevent anything similar from happening to ASIJ children in the future. In particular, the new board is releasing the Ropes and Gray report, supplemented with our individual statements (edited to protect privacy), to fully convey the scope of Moyer’s abuse and the harm caused by more than forty years of failings from various administrations. Consistent with your demands and ours, the new board is instituting background checks, ongoing training, and new policies and procedures to help protect all current and future students at ASIJ. They have also created a task force on child safety and invited one of us to serve as a member. Although there is no amount that can ever adequately compensate a person for having to endure the horrors of childhood sexual abuse, the new board has provided compensation for what we suffered. And they have promised to pay past, present, and future counseling costs for any survivor of Jack Moyer’s abuse who seeks help.

In closing, we know this tragic chapter in ASIJ’s history can never be erased and must never be forgotten. What happened in Portland is only the start of the process, and continued vigilance is needed to protect all ASIJ children in the years to come. We are confident that the new board is committed to that goal. With your ongoing support and attentiveness, we will help to ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Thank you for all you have done for us—and for ASIJ.

With gratitude,

Janet, Heather, Bonnie, Laura, Beth, Joanna, Tacey, Lynn, Lori, Martha, Jennifer, Ilee, & Gaylynn

The Thirteen Sisters

June 5, 2015 Letter from ASIJ Board Regarding Meeting with Survivors, Apology, and Commitment to Safety

Dear ASIJ Parents, Trustees, Alumni, Faculty and Members of the ASIJ Community,

In June 2014, the ASIJ Board of Directors commissioned the law firm of Ropes &
Gray LLP (“Ropes”) to conduct an investigation into the sexual abuse of ASIJ
students by Jack Moyer, a former teacher (1962-1984) and consultant (1984-2000)
at ASIJ. On May 18, 2015, Ropes completed its investigation and issued a report.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in the
Ropes investigation.

From May 31 to June 3, 2015, the Board sent three representatives to Portland,
Oregon, to listen to the Moyer survivors’ accounts. It is these accounts, shared
privately and in person by survivors, that provide us the greatest insight into what
happened. On or before June 15, the Board will publish the independent report by
Ropes-and, most importantly, we will be able to share accounts of the survivors.
We are humbled and grateful that, in their desire to strengthen the school and
prevent this tragedy from recurring, survivors have agreed to allow us to publish their
accounts in full. We endorse their statements without reservation.

First and foremost, we are deeply troubled by the findings. Jack Moyer’s abuse of
students was extensive, and there were Heads of School, high-level administrators
as well as teachers who were aware of information concerning abuse by Moyer.
Survivors attempted many times to expose abuse, and we are ashamed to report
that they were rebuffed or ignored by the school. On behalf of the Board-past and
present-we are truly sorry. We apologize for the great harm that was caused by
teachers and administrators who failed to protect the students in their charge. We are
grateful for survivors’ courage in coming forward, and for demanding that ASIJ
become a model for child abuse prevention and reporting programs.

Second, the survivors’ deep concerns for the welfare of current and future students
prompted the Board to take the following actions:
1. Engaging Keeping Children Safe, an independent agency that provides
certification and advice, to conduct a Level 1 Certification that was completed
in March 2015.
2. Committing to obtain a Level 2 Certification from Keeping Children Safe.
3. Conducting criminal background checks on faculty and staff prior to
4. Creating and implementing a new Student Protection Handbook.
5. Engaging Tokyo English lifeline to train administrators, faculty, parents, and
students to recognize abuse.

The Board has also pledged an ongoing commitment to reimburse counseling costs
for all survivors.

Finally, as a result of working with the survivors, the Board also commits to the
1. The Board will publish the independent report by Ropes and Gray that
includes an account of the abuse perpetrated by Jack Moyer, the reports
made to the school, other reports of alleged abuse at ASIJ, and a discussion
of School Policies.
2. In their desire to strengthen the school and prevent this tragedy from ever
recurring, the victims have generously offered to make available for
publication their full statements, including the reports and notifications that
they made to the school.
3. The existing Child Safety Task Force will be expanded to include a board
member and a trustee, as well as an invited member of the survivors’ group.
4. The Child Safety Task Force will also ensure that a safe, anonymous method
for complaints or concerns of possible abuse is implemented.
5. The school will review the protocol that identifies academic and behavioral
indicators of students at risk.
6. In order to assist Japanese authorities to reach potential Japanese victims,
the report will be translated and provided to them.

In closing, on behalf of ASIJ, we offer our deepest apologies to the survivors and the
ASIJ community. We failed you and should have done more. We are committed to
working with you to address these failures, and we promise to do our very best to
ensure the safest possible environment for our present and future students, so that
your efforts to bring this dark chapter of ASIJ’s history into the light will not have been
in vain.
The ASIJ Board of Directors

Response from the Survivors

Dear ASIJ community,
We, thirteen survivors of Jack Moyer’s sexual abuse, applaud and celebrate the
crucial steps that the new ASIJ board is taking to understand and address what
happened to us and ensure that current and future students are safe. Their heartfelt
apology and their actions have moved us in ways that are difficult to convey.
We are also deeply grateful to you, the ASIJ community. We would never have been
able to achieve this resolution without your compassion and tireless support – and
without the extraordinary guidance of our legal representatives at Crew Janci. Thank
you so much for all that you have done to help us reach this point. Having gone
through this together will make ASIJ a stronger, safer community in the future, and
as a result, we are once again proud to say that WE ARE ASIJ.

With gratitude,
Thirteen ASIJ Sisters

June 2, 2015 ASIJ Class of 2015 Letter to Mr. Weinland, Mr. Ladd, and the Board of Directors

June 2nd, 2015
To Mr. Weinland, Mr. Ladd, and the Board of Directors,
We are writing to you out of concern for ASIJ’s actions in the past year in response to
the Jack Moyer incidents. In the past few weeks, more and more people in our
community have openly voiced their discontent at the school’s response to this issue,
and we believe that it is time for the student body to do the same. This letter has been
sent to the entirety of the high school student body, all high school faculty and staff,
and many members of the ASIJ Board of Trustees and alumni network as a statement
that there are students who are extremely concerned about this issue. We hope that
you will be receptive to our concerns and requests, and that others who read this letter
will keep you accountable to that. To the new members of the Board of Directors, we
hope that you can be trusted to take these concerns seriously and incorporate them
into your mission of serving ASIJ.
From the time we first heard about the Jack Moyer incidents, many of us have been
closely following ASIJ’s response out of concern for the survivors, our safety as
students, and the community as a whole. We are continuously shocked by the
administration’s denial of responsibility for past administrations’ actions and the lack
of communication with the student body about the issue in an in depth or candid way.
This letter was written with the cooperation of students in grades 9 through 12, and
has been signed by over 110 students, and all of us, whether we will be attending this
school next year or not, are equally concerned about the safety of the current and
future student body. For those of us who will continue to attend ASIJ, we want to feel
safe and secure, as well as like our opinions and concerns are valued as much as those
of other community members. For those of us who are graduating this year, we want
to be able to look back on our alma mater with pride, and we see it direly necessary
that students are affirmed of their safety, security, and voice in the community. As
long as the course of ASIJ’s response continues along the path it is now, we are afraid
that we may never feel this way. With this in mind, we are writing to you in hopes
that you will change that course for good.
Our main concerns arise from a lack of communication between the Board of
Directors and school administration and the ASIJ community and an overwhelming
feeling that the safety and peace of mind of the current student body have not been
Over a year after details of the Jack Moyer incidents were released to the school
community, the student body has yet to be addressed about the incidents, their
implications, or sexual assault and abuse as a whole beyond one short assembly that
occurred last March. We are deeply concerned by the allegations that the email that
was read aloud to us during that assembly was not entirely truthful, and we would like
to be provided with the truth once and for all.
Because the administration has not been open with students about the actions the
school is taking, we are left wondering where we fall into the equation. We have been
given limited opportunities to share our feelings and opinions, and we have not been
addressed about an issue that we feel pertains just as much, if not more, to us as
students as it does to the administration. The lack of communication between the
administration and the student body about the Jack Moyer incidents has brought to
light a lack of transparency between the administration and student body as a whole.
In the past 14 months, many of us have come to worry that we do not receive
important information about changes that are occurring at the school we attend,
especially changes that pertain to our safety and success as students.
On May 23rd of last year, a letter signed by 70 high school students was delivered to
Mr. Ladd, Mr. Weinland, and Mr. Leppard. This letter voiced many of the same
concerns we are voicing today, particularly focusing on the lack of communication
about the Moyer incidents as a whole and a lack of discussion about protecting
students from sexual assault and abuse. While there were several meetings for
interested students following this letter in which Mr. Ladd responded to student
questions, a year later we feel as though the point of our letter has been missed. We
have yet to receive any meaningful communication about the Jack Moyer incidents
through assemblies or emails, or any training about sexual abuse or assault. Those of
us who attended the smaller meetings with Mr. Ladd are still frustrated by having
been told that we should not listen to information from media sources, Facebook, or
hearsay because it cannot be trusted, without being given any information from the
school to stop us from resorting to these sources. While it is possible that a lot of
progress has been made on paper, from the students’ eyes nothing has changed.
In order to combat lack of communication and transparency, we would like there to be
quarterly forums between the administration and the student body where we receive
updates and are able to ask questions about this issue, as well as any other questions
we have about changes occurring at the school. At these meetings, we would like to
be updated on the proceedings of the Moyer case, especially updates that pertain to
student life like sexual assault policies or the student handbook. For example, there
have been changes made in the student handbook to match the school’s new student
safety policies, but most students do not know of these changes because they were
never informed of them. These quarterly meetings would serve as a place where
changes like these can be reported and explained. As many of us are also concerned
and interested in hearing about what steps the school is continuing to take to provide
services for survivors, we would also like updates on how that portion of the case is
proceeding. We feel we have the right to this information because it pertains directly
to us, and that it is not acceptable to share nothing at all simply because some things
are legally protected.
Next, we want to be provided with sexual assault and abuse education. While we
understand and appreciate that drastic and important changes have been made to
school policy to make ASIJ as safe as possible from a regulatory standpoint, we feel
that unless we are directly addressed about sexual assault and abuse, these changes do
little to keep us safe in practice. Right now, many of us do not have the information
necessary to protect ourselves from sexual assault, understand what exactly sexual
assault is, and especially how to make a report. The truth is that we will not feel
completely safe and secure at ASIJ until we gain this knowledge. We have not been
assured of our safety, and that has no place in a school environment.
Mr. Lavender and a group of concerned students, along with Mr. Weinland, have
begun to plan a sexual assault and abuse curriculum that will be implemented next
year to counteract this issue. The curriculum will cover ASIJ’s sexual assault safety
and reporting policies including how to make a report, what students’ rights are in
reporting abuse, what rules teachers and other employees must follow to ensure our
safety, and how to recognize when something is occurring that is against school
policy. But it will also cover more general information about consent and how to
recognize abuse, as well as sexual assault on college campuses, internet based sexual
harassment and assault, and more.
We would like the Board of Directors to support this effort to bring comprehensive
sexual assault and abuse education to ASIJ, and we would like you to ensure that it is
fully implemented. Our safety should be first and foremost and any amount of effort
necessary should be taken to achieve this goal regardless of the time it takes out of
our classes. Time is regularly taken out of our school day to meet with our counselors
about college applications, go to required assemblies, and hear guest speakers. An
informational meeting about sexual assault and abuse in and out of school would
directly apply to our current and future safety, and should be given just as much, if
not more, priority than any of the assemblies just listed. We would like you to
understand that there is a dire need for this curriculum at ASIJ. Please make
implementing it your top priority.
If these requests are honored, we students are confident that ASIJ will be on the road
to creating a school that is truly safe for its entire student body. Again, we hope that
you will be receptive to our requests and see the importance of our concerns.
Eliot Callon ‘15
Andy Takagi ‘17
Gabriel Bird ‘15
Yuko Taniguchi ‘17
Bridget Nelson ‘16
Sakiko Toriya ‘16
Henry Slater ‘17
Angela Marsh ‘16
Dan Budge ‘17
Kari Wadden ‘15
Emma May ‘15
Jenna Doyno ‘15
Annelise Small ‘16
Mayuko Szerdahelyi ‘15
Jonas Hopper ‘16
Thomas Rochman ‘15
Karen Hinata ‘16
George Luton ‘15
Alia Becker ‘15
Kaoru Miyata ‘16
Kate Miller ‘16
Daisy Bell ‘16
Sam Matsubara ‘15
Eve Sneider ‘15
Celestine Taevs-Nakaya ‘16
Zachary Noddin ‘15
Anna Belle Harada ‘15
Stephanie van Houten ‘16
Jaelyn Browne ‘17
Hunter Gay ‘16
Allessandra Rogers ‘17
Megumi Shimizu ‘17
Teresa Haberstroh ‘17
Jonathan Jiro Miller ‘15
Emily Robison ‘17
Savannah Napierski ‘17
Sammie Hoskins ‘16
Alicia Clow ‘15
Erika Zhang ‘18
Rae Edmunds ‘18
Anne Margaux-Angelov ‘16
Haley Gerber ‘15
Astrid Evenson ‘15
Nina Ulbrich ‘16
Melanie Xu ‘15
Karina McCauley ‘17
Mahdi Fariss ‘15
Yuko Kurokawa ‘18
Greer Donnalley ‘18
Yuka Sadayuki ‘15
Dylan Colby ‘15
Jayne Harris ‘16
Neale Oghigian ‘15
Timothy Fogarty ‘16
McKaela Christensen ‘16
Alexander Leon ‘16
Alex Bosch ‘16
Marthe Wiggers ‘16
Cassidy McCauley ‘15
Sophia Hobbs ‘18
Ireland Degges ‘18
Leona Wada ‘16
Melanie Uno ‘15
Lachlan Fahy ‘15
Nicole Ras ‘15
Kristen Gill ‘16
Thomas Watts ‘16
Ryuji Mori ‘16
Jennifer Higa ‘16
Eva Multz ‘16
Shunsuke Kinoshita ‘18
Albert Kim ‘15
Lisa Aoki ‘16
Eri Fukushima ‘15
Henrik Olsson ‘16
Amanda Schick ‘16
Tai Okuno ‘15
Monika Anderson ‘16
Ioana Nistor ‘16
Zachary Clow ‘16
Matt Dixon ‘17
Asa Toyoda ‘15
Anna Lewis-Workman ‘16
Sasha Mochida ‘16
Leo Ikeda ‘15
Celia Martin ‘17
Naomi Okada ‘16
Sarah Faller ‘16
Tanya Riordan ‘16
Dior Ikeda ‘16
Maya Onuma ‘16
Lily Snell ‘16
Paige Ierubino ‘16
Andrea Yonamine ‘15
Alex Hernandez ‘15
Sabine Hirano ‘15
Haruko Yamaguchi ‘16
Lucy Chi ‘16
Lucas Mendoza ‘15
Mizuki Furukawa ‘15
Spencer Jenkins ‘18
Elsa Ingulsrud ‘15
Ai Lena Tomioka ‘15
Kai-Chin Shih ‘15
Ray Hotta ‘16
Julia Sasanuma ‘16
Madelaine Etherington ‘16
Milla Shin ‘16
Savannah Simon ‘18
Angus Clugston ‘15
Tuhina Mishra ‘17
Varsha Shankar ‘17

Sign the Petition on Requesting School Officials to Take Responsibility for Abuse of Children at ASIJ

Last week, we posted a petition on titled “Take Responsibility for the Sexual Abuse of Children at ASIJ.”

In it, we request that the American School in Japan’s Boards of Trustees and Directors demonstrate its commitment to its stated core values in the following ways:

(1) Embrace “honesty,” “integrity,” and “community” by publishing the complete final report of its independent investigation by July 1, 2015;

(2) Exercise “compassion” and “global responsibility” by putting an end to the victim-blaming and excuses, effecting responsible policies to protect students in its care, and offering fair compensation to the victims of Jack Moyer’s abuse; and

(3) Honor the lives of past, present, and future children above that of institutional glory by acknowledging prior failings and making a full public apology for the role the school played in enabling and concealing Jack Moyer’s abuse.

Our petition quickly rose in signatures, first, to 500, then to 1,000 signatures.
Now at over 1,300 signatures, we feel the petition is sending a loud message to ASIJ that the lives of children matter, and covering up decades of sexual abuse is not acceptable by an institution of trust.

We hope you’ll visit the petition page and read the comments at the bottom.  If you decide to sign it or share it with friends, we will greatly appreciate it!

Here are some of the most recent comments on our petition page:

signatures for the ASIJ Sexual Abuse petition

June 2014 Letter from ASIJ Announcing Ropes & Gray Investigation

June 4, 2014

Dear ASIJ Parents, Trustees, Alumni, Faculty and Members of the ASIJ Community,

Since ASIJ publicly acknowledged in March the allegations of abuse on the part of JackMoyer, a teacher and consultant affiliated with the school from 1963-2000, the Board of Directors and the administration have engaged with students, parents, trustees, alumni, and our regulatory authorities as well as affected former students. We appreciate the many expressions of support, as well as constructive input from a number of you in our broader community.

The loss of a child’s innocence in a school setting is inexcusable, and the Board has received these allegations with humility, sympathy and the utmost seriousness. It is in that spirit, and after extensive work on this matter, that we have concluded the need for an independent investigation into the facts of this case. We see this as an essential step toward continuing to minimize or eliminate the risks that something of this nature would ever happen to current or future students. We also hope this will help provide a measure of closure for those who have been directly affected.

We write today to let you know the Board’s Statutory Auditors have engaged the respected law firm of Ropes & Gray to lead the independent investigation. Based in Boston, but with offices in Tokyo, Ropes & Gray has no prior involvement with ASIJ and has extensive experience with similar investigations, involving schools in the U.S. and internationally. Ropes & Gray is tasked with ensuring the investigation is thorough, fair and appropriate with respect to all concerned.

The investigation, which we expect to be completed by sometime this fall, will be completely independent. The school’s Statutory Auditors, Katherine Hall and Fred Morgenstern, identified Ropes & Gray, set the terms of engagement, and will oversee all matters regarding the progress of the investigation. Their oversight will be based on the standards set out under the school’s governance procedures and Japanese law, which requires ASIJ to appoint independent Statutory Auditors to monitor the Board as non-Directors.

The investigation will examine all school records regarding Jack Moyer. It will involve
interviews with former students who elect to come forward, as well as current and former
board members, administrators, faculty, alumni, parents and others who may have relevant information. It will address the allegations against Moyer, and assess how ASJI faculty, staff and administrators responded. It will also examine any other allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior at ASIJ that might surface as part of this investigation. It will cover the period from Moyer’s employment up to and including today.

Anyone wishing to come forward with information that may be pertinent to this independent investigation may do so under full confidentiality at 617-235-4397 in the US, and 03-6259-3566 in Japan.  Those who wish to contact the Firm via email may do so at:

Ropes & Gray will present its report and findings to the Board once the review has been
completed.  A summary of the report and its conclusions will be made public thereafter, taking into consideration victim privacy and Japanese privacy laws.

While we wait for the report and its recommendations, we want you to know that we have
already moved forward with a number of initiatives to protect students. Criminal background checks are now mandated for all employees, both new and existing. ASIJ is also studying best practices at other schools and we are working with the organization Keeping Children Safe to devise and introduce new measures that will go even further in addressing the needs of our students.  Further information on these steps will be shared in due course.

We thank you for your continued support, and encourage participation in the Ropes & Gray
investigation if you have information to share.


The Board of Directors
The American School in Japan

April 2, 2015 Letter from ASIJ Regarding Investigation Status

April 2, 2015

Dear ASIJ Parents, Trustees, Alumni, Faculty and Members of the ASIJ Community,

We write to update you on the status of our investigation into reports of sexual abuse at ASIJ by Jack Moyer, a teacher and consultant affiliated with the school from 1963-2000.

As you are aware, after hearing of the deeply troubling allegations, the current Board of Directors took action last June to retain an independent law firm to conduct a thorough investigation. The investigation, involving extensive interviews in multiple countries, is nearing conclusion.

While we had anticipated concluding the investigation sooner, it is important to note that, shortly after announcing our process, we received a demand letter from a law firm that has been retained in the U.S. by a number of victims. The firm made significant financial and other demands on the school, which we have been working through. In December, we and the law firm hired by the victims mutually agreed to engage a respected mediator with relevant experience to help find a responsible way forward. Those discussions are ongoing.

We recognize that everyone in our community is eager for a resolution to this dark chapter in ASIJ’s history. We want to assure you that we continue to work diligently to get the facts and to do all we can to achieve a fair resolution consistent with our obligations to the victims, for whom we have great sympathy, as well as our school, including current and future students.

We appreciate your continued patience and support.


The Board of Directors
The American School in Japan

April 2014 Letter from Alumni to ASIJ Calling for Investigation

April 6, 2014

Mr. Ed Ladd, Head of School
Ms. Stephanie Toppino, Board Chair, Board of Directors

The American School in Japan
1-1-1 Nomizu, Chofu-shi,
Tokyo, 182-0031, Japan

Dear Mr. Ladd & Ms. Toppino:

We are writing in response to your communication of March 2014 regarding Jack Moyer. To say that we are broken-hearted at this terrible news is a monumental understatement. It is almost impossible for us to believe. Many of us spent our entire formative years at ASIJ. The school, the relationships we forged there, and the memories we made are as beloved to us as our own families. It is shocking and heartbreaking to us that such evil could have befallen any of our classmates and friends. That the evil acts were not only known to the administration of the school but appear to have been sanctioned by it (through continuing to associate with the perpetrator for years after the knowledge of his deeds was brought to the attention of the school) is entirely beyond our comprehension. It is, in a word, outrageous.

As a result, respectfully, as a class, we are not satisfied with your letter. As alumni of the school, many of us have made significant financial contributions to ASIJ over the 27 years since our graduation, and in some cases have sent our own children to become students at the school. We respectfully, but firmly, ask for answers to the following questions:

1. What actions have been and will be taken to protect future students from befalling a similar fate?
2. What specific actions have been taken to understand how this could have happened under the watch of prior administrations, and why nothing was done when the allegations were initially brought forth?
3. Are there any current administration/board members who were present during the years Jack Moyer was associated with the school during and after employment? If so, are they being asked for a full accounting of what might have been known?
4. What plans does ASIJ have to support Jack Moyer’s victims, a number that may well exceed several dozen?

As we know you are aware, one of the overriding purposes of any institution that is entrusted, as ASIJ was and continues to be, with the welfare of children, is to protect those within its care. The unfortunate impression we are left with after reading your letter is that ASIJ cares more about ‘circling the wagons’ than fulfilling the trust bestowed upon it by parents. We are certain that this is not your intent.

A full airing of the past, including who knew what and when they knew it, is the only way forward. If ASIJ chooses to be proactive in allowing 3sunshine2 to prevail, our community will have a far better chance of healing, as Penn State recently learned (and the parallels with Penn State here are deeply troubling, both in terms of the likely number of victims and the culpability of former administrators who looked the other way).

We send this letter in the spirit of caring deeply for ASIJ, and look forward to your response.

Signed: Members of the Class of 1987

March 2014 Letter from ASIJ Admitting Jack Moyer’s Abuse of ASIJ Students

March 17, 2014

Dear ASIJ Alumni and ASIJ Community,

This past November, we received a letter from a former ASIJ
student detailing sexual abuse by a former ASIJ teacher, Jack
Moyer. Moyer was employed as a middle school teacher from
1963 – 84. Based on other information we have been able to
gather, as well as an acknowledgement made by Moyer to
another affected student prior to his death in 2004, we believe
he engaged in inappropriate sexual contact with students
during his teaching tenure at ASIJ. Following his retirement
from teaching at ASIJ in 1984, Moyer continued as a
consultant for ASLFs off-campus marine science programs
until 2000.

The current Board of Directors and leadership team take these
circumstances very seriously and recognize the disturbing
implication for our students and families, past and present. By
openly acknowledging this sad part of our history and by
offering our sincere sympathy to those who were impacted by
these events, we hope to assist in the healing process. We
encourage anyone who desires to share his or her experience
with us to reach out. Please contact Board Chair, Mrs.
Stephanie Howe Toppino by either calling the school directly
(0422-34-5300 ext 201) or via email at

We also take this opportunity to assure our community that
ASIJ is a school committed to sustaining an environment that
does not permit or condone any form of sexual abuse, sexual
harassment, or any abuse of children by adults. To this end,
we will continue to review policies and practices as they
relate to the protection of students. Currently our counseling
programs at each division address with our students about
their responsibility to treat others with respect, their parallel
right to be treated with respect and be safe in their person and
how to report inappropriate behavior. Counselors at each
division will continue to reinforce these messages.

We would like to also announce an ASIJ donation to TELL
Counseling. TELL offers counseling services throughout
Japan as well as a Lifeline School Awareness Program and
the Child Protection Awareness Program. All of these worthy
programs address the needs and rights of children in Japan.
We encourage those in the community who would like to join
us in our pledge to do so by contacting TELL directly at to donate/

One of our core stated values at ASIJ is to provide for the
social, physical, and emotional well being of our students. We
believe that a culture of trust and respect is the very
foundation on which all of our educational efforts as a
community are based. As we look forward, the school will
work to continually ensure that this foundation remains

A recent visitor to ASIJ remarked that our students look out
for one another and are gentle in their interactions with each
other. We are proud of this observation and will continue to
ensure that this culture endures and is the standard by which
we judge our success.

In this day when social media is so prevalent and concerns
with cyber-bullying so paramount, we ask you to be
especially sensitive to the impact your words and posts (and
those of your children) can have on our community.

To ensure that any communications are both accurate and
respect the privacy of our community, we ask that you refer
any inquiries you may receive directly to either of us, rather
than responding yourself.

ASIJ, its leadership team, and its Board of Directors, thank
you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Stephanie H. Toppino
Chair, Board of Directors
Edwin V. Ladd
Head of School