Lawsuit Brought Against YMCA Buffalo-Niagara Following Alleged Rape and Resulting Pregnancy of 11-Year-Old Girl

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New York law firm Brown Chiari LLP represents an eleven-year-old child who was allegedly raped by her counselor during a summer youth camp at a local YMCA in July of 2010, resulting in pregnancy.

The Summons Served with Complaint against YMCA Buffalo-Niagara was filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office on May 10, 2011 (docket #I-2011-002011) and will be tried in New York State Supreme Court. The defendants have 20 days to enter their response to this claim.

This shocking and appalling incident, which occurred at the William-Emslie YMCA in Buffalo, New York, has resulted in a lawsuit against the YMCA entities for the claimed rape and resulting pregnancy. According to Summons Served with Complaint filed by the law firm of Brown Chiari, legal counsel for the infant plaintiff, the child was allegedly raped by a supervising counselor who was employed at the YMCA facility at the time.

The pleadings state that despite knowledge of the alleged rape by many of the YMCA’s employees, the mother of the eleven-year-old victim was not notified by employees of the defendants. Further, these employees, some of whom were employed as supervisors, also failed to notify any legal or child protective authorities, according to the lawsuit filed. The Summons Served with Complaint alleges negligence in failing to properly supervise the infant plaintiff while she was in the custody and care of the defendants during the summer youth camp, as well as the negligent hiring and training of the counselors and agents in its employ.

The infant plaintiff, “Jane Doe,” according to the Complaint, has sustained physical injury in the nature of forcible sexual intercourse, resulting in pregnancy and live birth and severe mental and emotional injury, shame, fright, degradation, loss of innocence, and loss of enjoyment of life, including the cost of caring for and rearing the child born as a result of the defendant’s negligence. The law firm is seeking monetary compensation for these losses, as well as punitive damages. The Complaint also alleges that the employees and/or agents of the defendants were malicious, wanton, and reckless, and demonstrated indifference and utter disregard for the infant plaintiff.

Brown Chiari is dedicated to representing the rights of and obtaining justice for infants who are victims of neglect and abuse and suffer serious injury. Visit for more information.


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