By Ariel Plevan, ‘23
Ethan Linden, the director of Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, is being sued for allegedly concealing a sexual assault that occurred at the camp in 2018. The lawsuit claims that Linden acted with “deliberate indifference” and failed to follow a variety of required protocols after a sexual assault at camp was reported. The lawsuit further claims that Camp Ramah, which many Heschel students attend, fails to provide a safe environment for minors.
The lawsuit accuses Linden of violating the plaintiff’s Title IX (9) rights, as Linden allegedly told the plaintiff not to inform her parents of the assault, violating standard protocol. Title IX (9) typically applies in educational settings. The alleged victim argues that the camp qualifies as an educational setting.
The case against Linden is a civil case, which means that compensation, if any, will be limited to monetary damages. The plaintiff is seeking damages for pain and suffering, along with damages for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Camp Ramah could also face monetary punishment if Linden is found guilty because as an employee of Camp Ramah he acted as an agent of the camp.