In many states, clubs and organizations are responsible for hiring the right people. A club or organization may be sued if one of its employees sexually abuses a child. When this happens, a victim must prove:
- The club or organization had a responsibility to the victim,
- The club or organization did not uphold this responsibility, and
- The failure to uphold the responsibility caused the abuse.
* It is very hard to prove these things
It is a good idea for an organization to conduct a background check; However, just because a background check is performed does not prevent an organization from being sued.
Check out the below cases for more information on background checks:
- Mirelez v. Bay City Independent School District 992 F.Supp. 916 (S.D. Texas 1998)
- Doe v. Boys club of Greater Dallas, Inc. 907 S.W.2d 472 (Tex. 1995)
- Golden Spread Council, Inc. #562 of the boy scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America v. Akins 926 S.W. 2d 287 (Tex. 1996)
* This webpage does not legal advice and is intended simply to provide you with basic resources. If you find yourself amidst legal issues, consider engaging legal counsel.