Sexual harassment and abuse lurks its ugly head everywhere – even in summer camps. As NJY Camps, a large Jewish camping network, scrambles to recover from a sexual abuse scandal that brought down its longtime director, another Jewish camp, Camp Ramah, is taking the full-on hug off the table for its counselors. Instead, Camp Ramah is training its staff to give side-hugs.
Ramah’s decision comes as some camping networks are bolstering policies to prevent and report abuse in the wake of the allegations against NJY Camp’s former director who was forced to resign after a completed investigation found that he had sexually harassed or assaulted at least 11 female employees.
As the first summer since the passage of the Child Victim’s Act – a New York law that extends the statute of limitations for minors who were sexually abused – Camp Ramah is not the only organization re-evaluating social moves that previously went unquestioned.
More Details About the Child Victim’s Act
The Child Victim Act has reformed not only the law for seeking civil and criminal recourse against a sexual predator, but also the institutions’ responses and preventions to child sexual abuse.
The Child Victims Act loosens one of the nation’s lightest statutes of limitations on child sexual abuse and molestation. The act also creates a one-year litigation window for victims of child sex abuse to file civil lawsuits. This means all victims, regardless of age have until March 14, 2020 to file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator and/or the institutions that harbored.
The new law replaces what was one of the most restrictive statutes of limitations when it comes to child sex abuse. Victims now have until 55 years of age to file civil lawsuits and seek criminal charges until age 28, as opposed to 23 under the old statute.
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If you or a loved one is the victim of childhood school sexual abuse, you need to know how the Child Victims Act can help you get the justice you deserve. For more information or to better understand how this law can help you, please call our professional help center at 212-385-4410.