We remember coming back from camp with friendship bracelets and the occasional scar — but a gut full of human AND an STD???
The family of an 11-year-old girl who became pregnant and contracted a sexually transmitted disease after being allegedly being raped in a sauna by her 17-year-old YMCA camp counselor is seeking justice from the New York Supreme Court. A lawyer for the family filed a lawsuit against the YMCA that alleges the organization was negligent when they failed to notify police, or the victims family following the incident, despite firing the counselor. The assault was also allegedly witnessed by a co-worker, who worked as a lifeguard.
The girl, who is now 12, gave birth to a son earlier this year — after the alleged rape in the sauna of the William-Emslie YMCA in Buffalo last July.
“The lifeguard reported it to management. The management did not report it to police,” said attorney John Elmore, who didn’t name the girl. “They believed the perpetrator, who claimed he didn’t do it.”
He said the girl’s parents were alerted by the YMCA that there had been an incident, but weren’t told that it was sexual.
The YMCA said in a statement, first reported by WIVB, that there was “no report of rape or pregnancy to the organization until April 2011” when they received the summons from the law firm.
SMH… This is just horrible. A child’s life has been forever changed. The YMCA is going to be filing bankruptcy when this family is done with them. They should have to pay the cost of that girl’s medical treatment and care for that child and MORE for not reporting what happened to the police!