Perpetrators of sexual abuse are not always men.
In a recent Illinois case, a 28-year old female high school soccer coach has been jailed and charged with 12 counts of criminal sexual assault. The assault occurred between February, 2016 and February, 2018 and involved at least 6 current and former male students. The coach has been fired and bond is set at $1 million.
Sexual assault of males by a female is unusual but not unprecedented. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 9% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are male while 91% are female. This alleged perpetrator’s crimes are particularly heinous, however, because they involved students who may have been under the age of sexual consent.
Students Are Vulnerable to Sexual Assault by an Adult with Authority
Sexual abuse in schools or in sports programs can be devastating to victims. Parents put their trust in these institutions to choose the right teachers and coaches. Students look up to persons in authority in schools and are vulnerable to sexual misconduct.
When sexual abuse occurs on school premises, it is imperative that the organization be held liable for all offenses as well to protect others from future harm. Sexual abuse by a sports coach can ruin the victims’ sense of security within the team and confidence in the sport in addition to physical and psychological harm.
The following warning signs are behaviors that may cross appropriate athlete/coach boundaries and may indicate abuse:
- Touching children inappropriately in a way not related to training for the sport.
- Spending time in private practice sessions or other one-on-one meetings.
- Singling out a child for special attention or gifts.
- Commenting on the child’s appearance.
- Relating inappropriate or sexual stories and jokes to youth.
Our firm has extensive experience bringing justice to victims of sexual assault. Please call us to discuss your case. If you need more resources because of the sensitivity of these types of cases, feel free to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or the New Jersey Statewide Hotline at (800) 601-7200.
Let Us Know If You Have Been a Victim of Sexual Assault
If you or a family member has experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment of any kind or has been injured in an accident or by any other type of personal injury, or needs help with any employment discrimination or family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Essex, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.