The calls for help came day and night from the group home for troubled children in Davis, California. Dozens a day – to the police, to state authorities, the unending pleas chronicling sexual assaults and suicide tries, runaways and random violence. A rescue was mounted too late, and the disaster in Davis to this day haunts those it touched. This is the story of Sule Anibaba, who worked as a counselor at the Davis home for five years, emerging both damaged and ashamed.
Sule’s story is part of ProPublica’s investigation into the failure of California’s juvenile home system. For more on this video, read “Investigative Journalism, Illustrated,” our Q&A with the creators of Level 14.