Marina Villeneuve is an investigative producer for Boston 25, where she produces in-depth stories about how governmental action and inaction impacts the lives of society’s most vulnerable. She has previously covered New York and Maine state government for The Associated Press. She attended Dartmouth College and majored in government. She is attending Columbia Journalism School’s Lede Program this summer. Her coverage of the Cuomo administration’s approach to reporting COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes helped The Associated Press win a Silurians Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards prize for investigative journalism. Her reporting also has earned recognition from the New England First Amendment Institute and the Overseas Press Club Foundation. For the 2023 National Fellowship, Villeneuve will conduct a wide-ranging investigation looking at abuse cases impacting children in Massachusetts.
“It is such an epidemic, I think people don’t realize,” one survivor said. “And if they can start learning about the signs of grooming and abuse, I think that’s the point where we can step in.”
Massachusetts has fallen behind dozens of other states that have passed stricter laws to protect kids from abuse, an investigation finds.
An investigation uncovers scores of cases of sexual abuse by Massachusetts public school staff over the past decades that has left survivors with lasting emotional scars and years of trauma.