Setting the record straight: Camp Marymount officials say so-called "rape cabin" no longer exists
By John Spragens
In the intervening 45 years since Brown's experience, dilapidated buildings have been replaced by newer structures. In 1961, there were three cabins and a lodge in what was known as Senior Camp, according to two letters provided to the Scene by Marymount director Tommy Hagey. Based on information in the letters from former campers and counselors, it appears that, as described in the Scene's cover story, Brown was recalling an old lodge building that was demolished around 1980.
The Scene failed to confirm Brown's recollection with Marymount officials, who contacted the paper to point out that not only has the cabin been destroyed but that the alleged abuse did not happen when camp was in session and was not committed by an agent of the camp, which exists for the benefit of children.
"Camp Marymount was distressed to learn of the allegations in this
week's Nashville Scene cover story and abhors the idea of sexual abuse,"
said Eric Dahlhauser, chairman of the board at Marymount, in a statement
provided to the Scene . "Our camp has very strong policies in place
to protect the children in our care. The allegations regarding the incident
in 1961 are horrific, and Camp Marymount takes very seriously the inference
of abuse of any nature on our property or elsewhere."
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