At least 70 girls were sexually abused by detention and probation officers over a period of 30+ years at Camp Joseph Scott, a Los Angeles County juvenile detention facility for girls, according to lawsuits recently filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The experienced, empathetic, compassionate sexual abuse attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen have been fighting for sexual abuse survivors for over 30 years, letting their voices be heard, amplifying their voices, and making sure they obtain compensation and justice.
If you or a loved one were sexually abused at Camp Joseph Scott, you can get the legal help you need. We can provide a free, confidential consultation with someone of the gender you prefer, and we won’t charge a fee unless and until we obtain financial compensation for you.
Call us today because time is limited: you have until the end of 2022 to file a claim.
Camp Joseph Scott Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Compensation
A lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at Camp Joseph Scott will seek to recover financial compensation for the abuse survivor. Abuse survivors may be able to obtain compensation for many things in a sexual abuse lawsuit, including:
- Emotional trauma
- Therapy expenses
- Counseling expenses
- Loss of wages
- Psychological distress
- Diminishment of life quality
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Hospital bills
- Pain and suffering
Every case is unique. The best way to know the value of your case is to obtain a free consultation with us. We can help you find out more about what types of financial compensation you may qualify for or how much your case may be worth.
What Is Childhood Sexual Abuse?
You may be wondering if what you experienced at Camp Joseph Scott is considered childhood sexual abuse.
Minors in California are unable to give consent to any sexual act, so any sexual act which involves a minor is considered sexual abuse in California. Sexual exploitation and sexual assault can be considered sexual abuse in California.
Any sexual act with a child, like rape, oral sex, incest, or sodomy, is considered child sexual assault in California. Other actions with children are also considered sex crimes in California, including:
- Contact between one person’s genitals and the mouth or genitals of another
- Sexual penetration involving genitals, fingers, or objects
- Masturbating in a child’s presence
- Intentionally touching intimate areas or genitals
Depicting minors in the above acts is considered sexual exploitation. Adults who coerce, use, or promote children into participating in prostitution, nude modeling, or live sexual performances are considered to be sexually exploiting children in California.
If any of the above happened to you or a loved one while at Camp Joseph Scott, it’s imperative that you speak to a lawyer. You may be eligible for financial compensation in a child sex abuse lawsuit.
Shocking Conduct Allegedly Occurred at Camp Joseph Scott
Lawsuits allege that abusers were left alone and unsupervised with girls at Camp Joseph Scott in violation of state and county policy and that some abusers were allowed to stay in positions of trust and authority despite previous investigations and allegations. One girl was allegedly even impregnated as a result of the abuse, according to the lawsuits.
When Did the Sexual Abuse Occur?
The alleged abuse happened at Camp Joseph Scott from 1985 to 2019, according to lawsuits, which allege that four officers sexually assaulted numerous girls. One deputy probation officer is alleged by the lawsuits to have sexually abused 15 women while they were minors and incarcerated at Camp Scott.
The lawsuits allege that abuse would start with probation officers viewing the girls while they showered and that this would then escalate to sexual acts. Many of the girls were allegedly coerced into continuing to engage in sexual acts after they left the camp, according to the lawsuits, out of fear of being sent back to juvenile hall.
The lawsuits claim that male officers at Camp Scott were touching girls in front of coworkers, having access to girls alone and behind closed doors, and entering sleeping quarters while unsupervised.
A plaintiff in one of the lawsuits claims that girls were claimed by officers like property, that it was common to see sexual relationships at Camp Scott, and that everyone there knew what was going on.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for the Sexual Abuse?
It appears as if this sexual abuse was allowed to run rampant for decades at Camp Scott because of the negligence of Los Angeles County. Negligence is the failure to be reasonably careful in order to prevent harm.
It appears that this pattern of sexual abuse was allowed to continue for far too long because Los Angeles County negligently failed to take preventative or corrective action and negligently failed to follow laws regarding the mandatory reporting of childhood sexual abuse.
California law allows those harmed by others’ negligence to recover financial compensation for that harm. When you work with our sexual abuse attorneys, we can help you hold Los Angeles County accountable for their negligence and obtain compensation and justice for you.
Camp Scott Sexual Abuse Attorneys
While our expertise, vast experience, toughness, and tenacity have allowed us to recover $350,000,000 on behalf of our clients, it is our compassion that separates us from the pack. We work hard and feel strongly about responding to injustice and guiding, protecting, and supporting sexual abuse survivors as they move towards healing and justice.
We don’t charge any fee for our representation until and unless we obtain a financial recovery for you. The only fee we charge is a percentage of any recovery we obtain for you. This means anyone can afford to have the experience and expertise of Nadrich & Cohen by their side.
All childhood sexual abuse survivors should be heard when they are ready. If you make the decision to get ahold of us and share your experiences with us, we will protect and respect your privacy. We know how difficult sharing your story is, and we will make sure your identity remains confidential.
Call us, text us from this page, or contact us online today for a free consultation if you or a loved one were sexually abused at Camp Joseph Scott. Let us help you obtain justice, compensation, and healing.