Victims open up about past, talk of future
By Bera Dunau
The building that was once known as “The Office” is no more.
Knocked down, crushed, and hauled off in dumpsters on Wednesday, April 5, an empty field is all that has been left behind. With its destruction, a standing reminder of ‘torture’ for numerous child sexual abuse survivors has been removed, some of whom have come forward and revealed that they were molested in that very building.
Yet, many of the survivors are also looking towards the future, and actively working to make it harder for child sexual abuse to take place in Foxboro.
Dozens of survivors have come forward to say that William Sheehan, a former Foxboro teacher, scoutmaster and swimming director at Cocasset River Park, sexually molested them — molestations that sometimes escalated into rape. These incidents occurred in Foxboro in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. In much of this time period, “The Office” was occupied by Sheehan, who designed the building and included a doorway from the office portion of the building into the boys’ bathroom.