Fred99: I believe that if they do act based on a complaint by a victim 16 years old, then the police are under no obligation to inform the parents of the victim. Expert advice from people working in agencies supporting victims of sexual assault confirm that as a general rule, the harm already caused to the victim is at risk of being exacerbated if they do.
There are three completely different things being totally confused above:
- Ethical obligations of counsellors to their clients (the experts being quoted here)
- Police practice and police legal obligations
- Legal obligations of the people running the camp inviting minors.
As far as my opinion on that goes - I'm a parent, and for sure I'd also be outraged to not be told that something like that had happened. But that doesn't change the law, nor the validity of what the experts have been saying - and saying that with the primary objective of safeguarding the victim(s).
Looks to me that no counsellors were engaged with the affected persons so no such advice could have been given. Fail.