Sexual abuse continues to be a significant problem in youth athletics. More than 40 million kids play organized sports. Three out of every four American families with school-aged kids have at least one of their children playing sports. Sexual abuse is not isolated to one type of sport, but rather happens in every sport including basketball, soccer, football, swimming, tennis, and track and field.
Kids and parents trust their coaches to supervise their children and provide a safe environment. While the vast majority of coaches do, there are some who take advantage of their superior roles and sexually abuse or assault their players. Grooming and sexual abuse can occur in school situations or unaffiliated athletic clubs. If you or a loved one has been the victim of coach child sexual abuse, you need to immediately seek legal help to protect your legal rights and get the justice that you deserve.
The Childs Victims Act Provides Relief for Coach Child Sex Abuse Victims
The Child Victims Act, which was passed in New York on February 14, 2019, amends the statute of limitations, allowing child victims of sexual abuse, including coach child sexual abuse, the ability to file a civil lawsuit against the offender and the institution that protected them up until their 55th birthday. Previously school child sexual abuse survivors only had until their 23rd birthday to seek civil action.
The law also allows all expired claims to be filed after 6 months from the date the statute passed and for the period of one year thereafter. As such, child sex abuse victims have a period of 1 year and 6 months to resurrect their otherwise expired claim.
If you are a victim of coach child sexual abuse, or any other type of abuse, you need to learn what the New York Child Victims Act specifically means for you. You only have a limited time to seek justice under this law. You should immediately learn what you need to do under this new law to protect your legal rights before it is too late.
How Coach Child Sexual Abuse Happens
It is normal for coaches to come into close contact with kids and often be alone with them during practices, overnight trips, team-building events, traveling and ceremonies. This reality places a high duty of care on administrators and coaches. Child sexual predators often put themselves in these situations with the specific intent of grooming or sexually abusing children.
Some red flags or warning signs that could indicate a possible situation of coach child sexual abuse include:
– Sharing hotel rooms with players
– Volunteering to drive players home after practice
– Discouraging parents from attending practices or games
Children are generally reluctant to report abuse, especially abuse done by a coach. Coaches instill a mentality in players of supporting the team at all costs. Young victims of child sexual abuse often believe that reporting abuse may hurt other players on the team or jeopardize their own position on the team. As such, most coach child abuse goes unreported until it is too late to legally seek justice. The Child Victims Act was passed with the intention to help victims of child sex abuse in these types of situations.
If you suspect that your child was the victim of coach sexual abuse, or if you were a victim as a child, it is important to immediately take action to protect your loved one’s legal rights.
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If you or a loved one is the victim of coach child sexual abuse, you need to know how the Child Victims Act can help you get the justice you deserve. For more information or to better understand how this law can help you, please call our professional help center at 212-385-4410.