Counselor Sexual Abuse Policy Acknowledgement

  • Sexual Abuse Policy

    Sexual abuse of an individual is strictly prohibited in the workplace or during any BIAV-related program, service or activity, including Camp Bruce McCoy. Sexual abuse includes but is not limited to: rape, sexual molestation, sexual exploitation, sexual contact between a staff person or volunteer and camper, or any attempts to commit such acts. (Refer to Section X for Sexual Harassment policy). Allegations of sexual abuse are taken very seriously and therefore fall outside of the typical Complaint Process. These allegations can be treated as critical incidents though this is not required – immediate reporting and the safety of the person potentially being harmed is of utmost importance. Employees and volunteers must immediately report actual or suspected sexual abuse to Camp Program Director. If the matter involves a program director, a report must be made to the Program Manager. The Camp Program Director/Manager must then report the incident to the Executive Director. It is helpful, though not required, to provide a written record of the date, time and nature of the incident(s) and the names of any witnesses. BIAV’s Critical Incident Form can be used for documentation. If the sexual abuse allegation involves two campers, the accused camper may be dismissed depending on the nature of the allegation. The campers involved will at minimum be separated from each other at all times. BIAV prohibits retaliation made against any employee, volunteer, or other person who in good faith puts forth a complaint of sexual abuse or who participates in any related investigations. BIAV prohibits employees and volunteers from making knowingly false or malicious accusations. Anyone who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. BIAV is committed to following state and federal law for reporting allegations or incidents of sexual abuse to appropriate law enforcement and adult protective services. As such, BIAV will not attempt to investigate or assess the validity or credibility of an allegation of sexual abuse before reporting to proper law enforcement authorities. BIAV will also conduct its own internal investigation and may utilize an outside third party to conduct the investigation. BIAV will make every reasonable effort to keep the matters involved in the allegation as confidential as possible while still allowing for a prompt and thorough investigation. Depending on the outcome of the internal/external investigation, BIAV will act by terminating the employee or volunteer, prohibiting the camper from attending Camp Bruce McCoy, or documenting the allegation was unfounded. The person(s) making the allegation or filing the complaint will be notified of any correction actions to be taken by BIAV, if applicable and in line with confidentiality requirements. To provide a safe environment for the summer camp program, BIAV conducts criminal background checks on all prospective volunteers and will not hire/use the services of anyone convicted of sexual abuse as defined in Virginia code. BIAV employees and volunteers will receive training on this sexual abuse policy annually/prior to volunteering and will be required to sign a form indicating receipt and understanding of this policy.