School and Girl Scout Volunteer Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child
A man who volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin and three local schools has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting the same child multiple times. The Sun Prairie Police Department arrested Steven Faust and charged him with engaging in repeated acts of child sexual assault.
Faust is accused of sexually assaulting the same child several times between 2010 and 2015. Police believe that Faust was also communicating with multiple female juveniles over social media. He was fired by Badgerland Girl Scout officials after the organization learned of the investigation.
Faust was also a volunteer at three schools in the Sun Prairie School District between 2009 and 2018 – Royal Oak Elementary School, Westside Elementary School, and Prairie View Middle School.
Faust is currently free on a $500 signature bond. He is due to appear in court again on January 28.
Legal Options For Victims of Girl Scout and Boy Scout Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual abuse find justice in civil lawsuits. Here are some of his thoughts on the options for legal recourse available to those who have been sexually abused as members of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America:
Youth organizations are valuable community resources which help our young people develop new skills. But in any organization or business that involves working with kids, it’s critical to make sure that no predatory volunteers or employees are allowed in. Tragically, sexual predators often seek out positions of trust working with children, such as volunteering as the leader of a youth organization or at a school. When one of these predators in a position of trust commits sexual abuse, it’s important to make sure that they’re prosecuted and that the victims get all of the assistance they need and deserve.
In some cases of sexual abuse within youth organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the organization is partially at fault for allowing the abuse to occur through negligence. For example, a youth organization might be considered negligent if they failed to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement in a timely manner. In those cases which involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has been sexually abused by someone in a youth organization, we understand the difficulties your family is facing. You can learn more about how the legal system can help your family find justice by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse victims attorney.