Sexual Abuse in Sports
Stern Law Group Can Protect Young Athletes
Scholarly research and statistics have conclusively shown that sexual abuse occurs in all sports and at all levels. Abuse is also highly prevalent in youth and teen sports and in high-performance sports. In light of recent media attention regarding a major figure in amateur athletics, concerns have been renewed about the types of environments and situations where sexual abuse can easily go undetected. At first glance, sports appear to be an arena of recreation that teaches youth valuable lessons about life, sportsmanship, and teamwork. It is also evident that sports provide ample opportunity for acquaintances that are not well known to abuse their authority and positions of power.
Sexual abuse in athletics is no anomaly. In recent years, countless stories have surfaced about the deep secrecy surrounding abuse in nearly every type of sport. While the situations may vary, there is no denying the fact the all of these experiences can have a monumental impact on victims and survivors. Sports create a difficult arena for sexual abuse to be discovered and reported, and it becomes the collective responsibility of parents, friends, and family members to be aware that these reprehensible acts can and do happen.
Justice for Victims and Survivors
At times when the age and maturity levels of young athletes make them vulnerable to abuse, it becomes the responsibility of others to detect signs such as depression, substance abuse, and a lack of desire to play sports. Open communication with children is also essential to detecting sexual abuse in sports. Victims, too, should understand that they do not have to remain secretive about these experiences and that they can seek justice while also remaining anonymous and working with legal support that can maintain their confidentiality. At Stern Law Group, our legal team is dedicated to unearthing the truth and obtaining justice in these delicate situations. To learn more about your case, how our firm can help, and what you can do, contact Stern Law Group today.