There is no justification for child sexual abuse and no excuse for creating an environment where it is allowed to happen. Unfortunately, sexual abuse occurs far too often in many youth organizations. While an individual typically commits the abuse, the organization may be liable for failing to prevent the abuse.
If you or your child suffered child sexual abuse by a member of a youth organization, you can take effective legal action with our help. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we represent child sexual abuse survivors in civil suits against individual perpetrators and negligent organizations.
Attorney Jeffrey Fritz successfully represented some of the victims in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky case. Mr. Fritz is a charter member and past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Our experienced lawyers can help you and your family seek compensation and find resources to heal.
Please call us at 215-929-7216 to schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our attorneys in Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster, Reading, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and New York.
Organizational Negligence Can Lead To Sexual Abuse
Youth organizations are supposed to provide recreational, developmental and educational opportunities to children. If an organization fails to create a safe environment and effectively supervise employees and volunteers, however, it may be held liable for losses suffered by sexual abuse victims.
We can help you file a civil suit against organizations such as:
- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of the United States of America
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
- Camp Fire
- Day camps and sleep-away camps
- Church-affiliated youth organizations
Children can be victimized by employees, volunteers or other children in the organization. All youth organizations should perform background checks on potential employees and volunteers. They should also get written and verbal recommendations from references and carefully screen applicants during interviews.
Negligent supervision can also be a factor in sexual abuse occurring in youth organizations. Many organizations have guidelines requiring the two-adult rule: there must be at least two adults present with children at all times. If an organization does not have guidelines or fails to enforce them, this may be evidence of negligence.
Anyone at the organization who fails to meet mandatory reporting requirements may also be held accountable for abuse.