Legal Options For Survivors of Summer Camp Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now works as a civil sexual assault survivors lawyer. We’ve asked him to weigh in with some thoughts on the legal options available to families affected by sexual abuse in summer camps:
Overnight summer camps have been a staple of American culture for generations. These camps can be positive environments where our kids can make new friends, learn new skills, and relax during their summer vacations. But tragically, like other positions that involve working with kids, sometimes sexual predators seek positions as camp counselors. When one of these predators sexually abuses children at the camp, there are many concerns to address.
Clearly, the needs of the victims must be attended to first. Law enforcement must be notified and the perpetrator must be prosecuted before he or she can hurt others. Additionally, it’s important to look at the owners of the camp and determine if they failed to keep their campers safe through negligence, such as failing to report previous allegations of sexual misconduct and allowing an accused counselor to continue working.
If you or your child was sexually abused at a summer camp and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, consider speaking with an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer.
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