An 11-year-old girl became pregnant and contracted a sexually transmitted disease after she was raped in a sauna by a summer camp counselor at a YMCA in upstate New York, the family's lawyer claims.
The shocking lawsuit against the YMCA alleges that while the organization's officials fired the 17-year-old counselor when they found out about the rape, they did not alert police.
The girl, now 12, said she was raped in the sauna of the William-Emslie YMCA in Buffalo last July. She gave birth to a son earlier this year.
The civil lawsuit in the state Supreme Court alleges the YMCA was negligent, especially because the assault was also allegedly witnessed by a co-worker, who worked as a lifeguard.
"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.