Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports Leagues
Sexual predators go where kids are.
For many of us, the best memories of childhood involve organized sports: Little League baseball, Pop Warner football, Junior Olympic volleyball. But all too often, kids involved in these activities fall prey to adults who have only the worst of intentions when it comes to your children. Far too many kids' memories of youth sports involve sexual molestation.
Between practice, team-building events, and overnight trips, the adults involved in youth sports spends a tremendous time alone with kids. Because they have so much unsupervised access to children, coaches and team administrators have a greater responsibility to take care of the kids entrusted to their care. Unfortunately, they often miss the red flags that lead to abuse: a coach who shares a hotel room with young players even though he has no children on the team, the team manager who buys pay-per-view pornography for his U-14 soccer team, or the baseball coach who discourages parents from attending team practices and offers to drive his "star players" home every day.
When these red flags are ignored, kids can be sexually abused. What complicates the matter is the team mentality that coaches preach to players: protect our team at all costs. Children as young as 5 and as old as 17 are often afraid to report sexual abuse by their coaches for fear of the stigma and repercussions from teammates.
Our attorneys have skillfully and successfully handled sexual abuse cases involving youth sports leagues across the country.