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Charity founder resigns after alleged rapes at Africa school

Apr 21, 2019 by

An American woman who established a charity to help vulnerable girls in Liberia has resigned six months after taking a leave of absence in the wake of allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in the charity’s care.

More Than Me founder and chief executive officer Katie Meyler announced her resignation Friday in a message on her Facebook page. The organization confirmed the decision to ProPublica, whose reporting on the rape allegations led Liberian authorities to reopen its investigation and led to Meyler’s leave of absence.

In her resignation message, Meyler rejected claims she failed to protect students, but said she recognized her public role as CEO “has become a distraction from the critical mission and incredible and proven work of our team.”

Meyler, 37, started her leave of absence in October after ProPublica reported that former staffer Macintosh Johnson had sexually assaulted students at a More Than Me branch in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. She was to remain on leave until the completion of an independent audit conducted on the charity’s behalf.

Source: Charity founder resigns after alleged rapes at Africa school – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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