My child was sexually assaulted at a summer camp by a counselor. What are my child’s legal rights?


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A: Sex abuse of camp attendees can and does occur, especially in overnight or extended day camps. Many camp organizations employ foreign, and often improperly screened, employees such as camp counselors. In cases of sex abuse by a camp employee, the victim has a civil right to file a claim against the abuser, the camp and any agency involved in the hiring of the abuser-employee. Read more about sexual abuse at camps and victims’ civil rights here.

In addition to the civil legal rights, a sex abuse victim has the right to pursue criminal charges and should speak to law enforcement about the crimes. Most police departments employ special sex crimes unit detectives who are especially trained to handle and investigate these cases.

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Published: October 1, 2012