Lawsuits involving sexual abuse have gained a lot of media attention over the past decade. Many civil suits and criminal prosecutions have lead to arrests and prosecution of offenders.Sexual assault can be defined as rape, attempted rape and unwanted physical touching.
Some examples include, forcible rape, attempted rape, unwanted physical touching or groping, indecent exposure and other non-consensual acts of sexual nature. Sexual abuse laws can vary from state to state but our attorneys can help you navigate and heal during this difficult time.
Our attorneys are actively pursuing compensation for the victims of sexual abuse. Our lawyers also handle each case with absolute discretion. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, at least four of five cases of child sexual abuse are not perpetrated by a stranger, but by someone who knows the child, such as a family friend, doctor, or even your sports coach. Many of these victims believe they won’t be able to prove harassment took place, or they fear risking their future by deciding to file a lawsuit.
The relationship between a coach and student can be intense as they often look up to their coaches as someone they can idolize as a powerful figure in their lives. The delicate balance of the relationship can sometimes tilt in the wrong direction, and predatory behavior is common when positions of power are misused.
While the cases of harassment and abuse that do occur still go largely unreported, the numbers of the more publicized cases are clearly growing. One former assistant dive coach at a high school is now facing a four-year prison sentence due to a sexual misconduct case involving two female students.
The former coach admitted to having sex with both students and possessing partially-nude photographs of them. Another high school volleyball coach pleaded guilty to sexual assault after excusing four female students from his volleyball team from class to meet with him to engage in sexual activity on campus during school back in 2015.
If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse by a sports coach or staff member, please contact our law firm right away to discuss your legal rights. When you contact our law firm regarding your sexual abuse case, one of confidential lawyers will contact you to request more information.
Our goal is to gather as much information about the incident(s) as possible.In cases of sexual abuse, it is important to note that the abuse in sports is a problem in the United States. Recent studies have shown that between 2% and 8% of children and young-adults involved in sport programs have fallen victim to some sort of sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse can cause both physical and mental trauma that can last a lifetime.Members of the sports community are often in positions of power where coaches, staff members or doctors can overstep their boundaries. This behavior is unacceptable needs to be stopped.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) warns, warns, “Sexual relationships between coaches and student-athletes have become a serious problem.” Abuse can occur in all sports and at different ages. Even as adults, all athletes are still vulnerable to sexual assault.
There is a serious power imbalance when it comes to coach-athlete relationships in all sports, at all ages.It is important to know the early signs of sexual abuse or molestation. In many instances, a coach will put in great effort with one particular athlete in hopes of gaining the athlete’s trust.
The coach may then begin to try to control their non-practice activities or even separate them from certain friends. If a coach attempts to be alone with an athlete or begins buying them expensive gifts, it is suggested to file a report.According to experts, coaches first test the boundaries before engaging in sexual behavior, so it is vital to recognize the actions before they become problematic. If molestation has already occurred, it is advised to seek legal representation.
Our lawyers understand the sensitive nature of these situations and that is why we are committed to providing confidential support to the victims of sexual harassment and assault. We will handle your case with the utmost of care and discretion.
Our team will fight to get you the outcome you deserve.If you’ve been sexually harassed by a sports coach, you don’t need to suffer in silence, or worry that you’ll be faced with retaliation or punishment for coming forward. If you’re experiencing or have experienced sexual harassment in the past, there are laws to protect you and we are here to help. Make notes of the time, date and exactly what happened. Keep track of all formal and informal actions taken.We know how difficult this can be, so we are here to help every step of the way.
Our team will be available 24/7 to answer any questions as well as provide support in any way we can.
Once the details are gathered, we can discuss how to handle your case. Our team knows that each case is different, and we treat them as such. Every case is unique, and we handle each one accordingly.
Sexual abuse lawsuits can be filed privately, and our team can help you with that. Victims of sexual abuse can get justice and you can do so in a private matter. Depending on your case, there may be different outcomes to pursue.
A civil lawsuit can be filed seeking monetary compensation for mental and physical pain and suffering, and depending on the severity of the abuse, criminal prosecution may be an option.
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