Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.
Sports play a very essential role in the development of youths. Participation in youth sports helps children improve the physical, social, emotional and academic aspects of their lives. Many of us also have fond memories of childhood organized sports including little league baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, gymnastics and dance.
Unfortunately, youth sports also provide predators with easy access to children in an environment where abuse could go undetected. Young athletes may spend considerable amounts of alone time with coaches, teammates and team volunteers on the playing field, traveling to tournaments or taking part in camps. Often with little to no parental supervision.
Coaches, volunteers and team administrators are often looked up to, idolized and even revered. Children are taught and expected to obey coaches and team leaders without question. These coaches often preach “team work” and “protect the team at all costs.” This coaching style often makes children afraid to report sexual abuse by their coaches and team volunteers for fear of the stigma and repercussions from teammates.
Sexual Abuse in team sports is not new. Here are a few recent cases:
Many youth sports organizations today are still not regulated. One of America’s largest youth sports organizations, the Amateur Athletic Union’s, said in June 2012, that it will now require its coaches and volunteers to undergo criminal background checks as part of a 42-point plan to protect children from sexual and other types of abuse.
If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested, by a youth coach, team leader, team administrator or sport team member, contact our sexual abuse / victim’s rights attorneys to discuss your legal rights.