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Sexual Assault by a Coach

Sexual assault in sports has been pushed to the forefront, through recent media attention focusing on the issue. As a result, this subject has become an active research field, yet we still know so little about specifics. In the 1980s, it was reported by the Department of Justice that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 8 boys are sexually assaulted before they reach the age of 18. Unfortunately, it seems sports and other youth activities present opportunities for predators to take advantage. This is because of the cultivation of trust between the athlete, the parents and the coach.

What Is Sexual Assault?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of sexual assault is:
illegal sexual contact that usually involves force upon a person without consent or is inflicted upon a person who is incapable of consent (due to age or physical/mental incapacity) or that which places the assailant (doctors, coaches, teachers, etc.) in a position of trust or authority
In general, it’s forcing another to be a part of touching, grabbing or exposing intimate body parts.

The Aftermath

Often, there are long term ramifications for victims of sexual assault. Nightmares are common, as well as becoming withdrawn or clingy, having mood swings, anger outbursts, running away or self-harm. The list goes on. It can be a struggle to recover. If taken to an attorney, compensation can sought for mental impairment, pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses, lost wages or future income, and physical issues. Not only can the assailant be sued, but anyone who should have known about the conduct, like employers, hospitals, colleges, summer camps and schools, to name a few. They can be held accountable for their negligence in the hiring process, supervision or a lack of intervention during the abuse.

Justice for Victims

Due, in part, to the public focus on sexual assault, there have been changes to the laws. In California, there is a more liberal statute of limitations, which has allowed attorneys to pursue more predators and get justice for their victims. Now that this once-taboo subject is in the spotlight, it has enabled many who have been victimized to come forward.
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