Fighting for Survivors Abused at George Junior Republic

The George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania is an all-boys private, non-profit residential treatment facility and school for at-risk youth. The program purports to include academic instruction, vocational training, therapeutic services, and recreational activities to help young people overcome challenges and prepare for successful futures. However, recent lawsuits suggest that George Junior Republic facilities experienced widespread physical, mental, and sexual abuse over at least the last two decades.

Residents have accused staff members of horrible sexual assault both at the facility and on sponsored trips. Now, an increasing number of survivors are coming forward to file legal claims against the private and public corporations that failed to fulfill their duty of care when administering these detention facilities. Through legal actions, survivors are requesting restitution for their horrific experiences as well as accountability from the institutions that let them down.

If you or someone you love were sexually abused at George Junior Republic, Pennsylvania, attorneys at Levy Konigsberg want to help. Our team has extensive experience litigating sexual abuse lawsuits on behalf of survivors and knows how to help survivors fight back.

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History of Sexual Abuse in George Junior Republic 

High-profile legal filings, criminal indictments, and extensive investigations have all shown George Junior Republic’s disturbing history of sexual abuse scandals. The evidence discovered during these numerous investigations revealed that the administration of the residential treatment center was severely negligent in enabling routine sexual and physical abuse of inmates to continue for many years.

The responsible parties, which included private contractors, fostered a climate conducive to abuse. Their lack of oversight, coupled with inadequate reporting, has created an environment in which abusers feel free to act without fear of repercussions. Examples of sexual abuse in George Junior Republic, Pennsylvania, include: 

  • In 2023, a former resident of the George Junior Republic filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually abused in 2015, when he was 16 years old, by a female counselor at the facility. He alleged that he was forced to have oral sex with the counselor and that the abuse has caused severe physical and emotional distress, as well as impaired social abilities.

The suit also alleged that George Junior Republic knew or should have known that one or more of its employees had perpetrated these acts of abuse.

  • In May 2015, Former George Junior Republic worker Sarah Trumphour entered a guilty plea to a charge of felony sexual misconduct with juveniles at the facility. According to state police, Trumphour had sexual contact with the juveniles between June and early December 2014. In addition to setting up oral sex in the facility’s laundry area and taking the youngster to a motel for sex while the boy was on a weekend pass, Trumphour was accused of sending the boy sexually suggestive texts and photos.

Trumphour was accused of four charges of illegal use of a facility, one case of felony account of institutional sexual assault of a kid, one count of felony endangering of a child, and one count of felony conspiracy. She also faced misdemeanor charges for possession of contraband, corruption of children, and indecent assault of a person under the age of sixteen.

  • In January 2004, Amy Anderson, 33, a former cottage parent at George Junior Republic, pled guilty to various sex charges, including having a sexual relationship with a child under her care at the institution. Among other misconduct, Anderson assisted a 16-year-old child in escaping the facility in 2002. The child lived with her for two months while fleeing authorities. 

We specialize in sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful institutions, including prisons, clergy, and juvenile detention centers.

We work on contingency, which means there’s no cost to hire and no fee unless we win.

Do I Have a Case?

You may have grounds to file a civil legal action if:

  • You were sexually abused by a guard, counselor, nurse, or other youth residential treatment or  juvenile detention center staff member.
  • The abuse occurred at any youth residential treatment or juvenile detention facility.

Levy Konigsberg represents survivors in civil lawsuits that aim to hold youth residential treatment facilities,  juvenile detention centers, private healthcare companies, and other facility operators accountable for their failures to stop abusive staff members and protect young residents.

As civil claims, these cases are separate from any criminal proceedings that may arise from abuse and focus instead on holding institutions liable for damages. This means you may still have a claim even if:

  • Your abuser is no longer alive.
  • Your abuser was never charged with or convicted of a crime.

Recoverable Damages in Sexual Abuse Claims

In addition to providing accountability and a sense of justice, civil sex abuse lawsuits allow survivors to recover financial compensation for their damages, which may include:

  • Past medical and mental health expenses
  • Future mental health expenses, including therapy, medications, etc.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and psychological harm
  • Lost income
  • Other economic and non-economic damages

Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations & Pending Law

In the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system, the current statute of limitations for civil sex abuse claims is the age of adulthood plus 37 years, which means that survivors sexually abused as minors typically have until the age of 55 to file legal action, as long as they were born after November 26, 1989.

As in other states across the country, Pennsylvania’s current statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims has been criticized for barring numerous survivors from seeking justice and compensation for their damages and for failing to recognize accepted research about the considerable difficulties survivors face when processing their abuse and taking steps to come forward. Thanks to new efforts by advocates and lawmakers, however, there are now several pending measures before the Pennsylvania Legislature that seek to expand the rights of child sex abuse survivors.

These groundbreaking measures, which are expected to pass, will create new opportunities for survivors to step forward and obtain long-overdue justice. If passed, these measures would create a temporary two-year window for child sexual abuse survivors to file claims over abuse that occurred at any time in the past.

Levy Konigsberg is closely tracking the proposed sexual abuse measures in Pennsylvania youth residential treatment facilities and juvenile detention centers and is actively working with survivors looking for information about filing claims under the new extended statute of limitations or two-year lookback window, should these measures become law.

Trust Levy Konigsberg's Legal Team for Proven Results in Sexual Abuse and Negligence Cases

Levy Konigsberg LLP, a nationally recognized law firm, has built a legacy over three decades, recovering over $3 billion in sexual abuse compensation for clients. Led by award-winning sexual abuse lawyers, we specialize in representing survivors in sexual abuse across the country, taking on powerful institutions. Our top-rated trial practice handles all types of sexual abuse or negligence cases, showcasing numerous testimonials and successful case results. You can learn more about our latest sexual abuse work on our blog.

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