When you enroll your child in a new soccer league or pay for private gymnastics lessons, your primary goal is to see your child flourish, participate in something they love, and have a fun time. Unfortunately, as enriching as these environments may seem, they can be extremely dangerous under the right circumstances.
Organized team sports are wildly popular among children, especially for gymnastics, swimming, and soccer. However, as enriching as these programs can be, they often allow children and their coaches to have an unsuitable amount of time together, sometimes without supervision. The relationship between athletes and coaches can be strong, but that connection may become inappropriate if the coach takes advantage of their position.
In these cases, it is especially important to speak up and take legal action on behalf of the abused, both to seek justice for the victim and to prevent any future abuse from occurring.
If you were abused by a coach, assistant coach, referee, or anyone else involved in a youth sports team, our firm can help you seek justice. We understand how overwhelming and frustrating this time can be for victims and their families, which is why we want to take care of the legal aspects of your fight while you focus on emotional healing and getting back on your feet.
Why Choose Wagner Reese?
Since 1997, our firm has provided individuals and families throughout the Indianapolis area with the zealous, compassionate legal advocacy they need and deserve. Over the years, we’ve earned more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we have more than 120 years of combined legal experience at our backs.
Wagner Reese is passionate about fighting for victim’s rights, and we want to make sure your voice is heard. Each of our attorneys has the skill and experience necessary to provide you with the comprehensive guidance you need to help you get through this challenging time.
Call (888) 204-8440 to find out if you have a sexual assault case and discuss your legal options with our Indianapolis lawyers.
Defining Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can take many forms, some of which can be more damaging than others. However, even the more “minor” types of sexual abuse can cause extensive emotional damage and psychological trauma. Sexual abuse can consist of a crude comment or lewd gesture, or it could involve a physical act.
Common types of sexual abuse in youth sports may include:
- Exposing minors to pornographic images
- Taking pornographic images of minors
- Touching children inappropriately
- Watching children in locker rooms or in showers
In most cases, sexual abuse in a youth sports team occurs between a coach and the child. This may involve a head coach, assistant coach, or a specific type of strength conditioning coach who works one-on-one with the child athlete. However, other adults in positions of authority could also take advantage of their power. Other potential abusers include team parents, volunteers, groundskeepers, and referees.
Identifying Abuse & Taking Legal Action
If you were abused as a child, or if you think your child is being sexually abused, you need to take immediate action. If you were the victim, gather whatever evidence you have and contact the authorities right away, then contact Wagner Reese to discuss your potential case with one of our attorneys.
In the event that you suspect your child is suffering abuse, remove them from the dangerous situation immediately. Ask them about what’s going on, and encourage them to tell you everything they can about the situation. Once your child is removed from immediate danger, contact the authorities to report the abuse. In some cases, organizations may try to handle these types of issues internally, which means the abuser might not face the consequences of his or her crimes.
Once you decide to take legal action, our experienced firm can use our ample resources to build a strong case on your behalf, advocating for your rights and holding your abuser accountable. If you are ready to file charges against your abuser, or your child’s, our firm is here for you.
Interested in learning more? Contact Wagner Reese to discuss your situation with our compassionate attorneys and find out how we can help you seek justice from your abuser.