When an adult sexually abuses a victim, it can bring life long consequences. Also, parents will blame themselves. However, they should be blaming the organizations they trusted to create a safe environment for their children.
Sports programs need to adopt the right policies, procedures, and screenings to protect vulnerable persons in their care. This includes screening, selecting and properly training volunteers. Plus, strict guidelines of behavior between individuals and those monitoring child contact need to be carefully watched. All inappropriate behaviors need to be responded to immediately.
Youth Sports Leagues
Youth sports leagues including Little League, Pop Warner, gymnastics AYSI soccer, CYO, and martial arts like taekwondo are important activities for kids. Children dedicate their lives to these sports. Many spend a huge amount of time with coaches and team volunteers. This including traveling to tournaments, attending training camps and other events. This means many overnight trips where children spend a large enough of alone time with adults.
However, these people in a position of authority and power use the coaching mentality to victimize the children on their teams. When youth sports leagues fail to prevent predators from accessing children, sexual abuse happens.
Get Legal Help
Survivors of sexual abuse can file civil suits against perpetrators and other responsible parties, regardless of the outcome or existence of a criminal prosecution. Civil lawsuits can help a survivor seek monetary damages. This compensation can never change the abuse suffered but can help rebuild a life.
When youth programs do not fulfill their duties to supervise and care for the children in their care and a child is abused, the camp is liable for the resulting harm. We will hold these institutions liable.
Plus, a civil suit can deter future abuse. This is why it is important if you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse to contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We will provide a free consultation and instruct of any avenues available to you for civil litigation.