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Report: Liberian Charity Worker Raped Girls He Was Supposed To Protect

A report from ProPublica and Time Magazine documents rapes committed by an employee of More Than Me, a charity that had raised $8 million and earned praise for its work. We interview the co-author.
A girl wearing the More Than Me uniform walks into an alley in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, Liberia. Source: Kathleen Flynn/ProPublica

This week, ProPublica and Time Magazine released a report on More Than Me, a charity founded by American Katie Meyler to provide an education to Liberian girls and protect them from sexual exploitation. In 2012 the charity won the $1 million American Giving Award, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

In 2013, MTM started its own school. Over the years, it raised some $8 million, with a nearly $600,000 contribution from the U.S. government.

The press praised the group, particularly as the Ebola outbreak unfolded in 2014. NPR highlighted the charity's work in a post here.

But according to the report, Macintosh Johnson, a Liberian identified as a "co-founder" of MTM, raped a number of girls from the academy. Ten girls

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