DENVER (CBS4) – A well-known Christian organization aimed at young people is now at the center of a sexual misconduct lawsuit. The allegations against Young Life were made by a former volunteer in Colorado who says she was both a victim and witness to sexual harassment.
She claims those in charge did nothing to address it.
Ellen Giarratana is the young woman’s attorney. She says her client first got involved with the group in high school.
“She went to a camp and bonded with everyone and pretty immediately knew she wanted to stay involved with them,” she said.
Giarratana says that changed for her client last summer while spending her off time from college volunteering for Young Life at the Rocky Creek Ranch camp.
“We are alleging that she was subject to assault and battery and sexual assault, and that Young Life ratified the young man’s behavior by telling her repeatedly that he was a nice guy, he didn’t mean it, and it was a small kitchen,” Giarratana said.