Children learn valuable leadership and team-building skills when they play sports. No child should ever face sexual abuse by a coach or anybody else involved with their sports team. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, our Orange County youth sports sexual abuse lawyers are ready to help victims and their families. We are dedicated to helping you get the resources you need. Let us work to secure the compensation and closure you deserve.
Why Choose DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo?
Discovering that your child has been sexually abused by someone within their youth sports organization is shocking, and you need help from a skilled attorney. At DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, our compassionate team is ready to help you through this.
With more than 30 years of experience helping clients in similar situations, we understand what it takes to ensure justice is served.
We will handle every aspect of your case, from the initial investigation with law enforcement all the way through to a settlement or verdict.
We take all child sex abuse cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you will face no upfront or out-of-pocket costs. You only pay legal fees after we secure the compensation you deserve.
How Will an Attorney Help With This Case?
Most individuals do not have the resources or experience necessary to pursue justice in these cases by themselves. An Orange County youth sports sexual abuse attorney will:
Work with law enforcement to ensure a thorough investigation is completed.
Ensure that your child is evaluated by trusted medical and mental health specialists.
Negotiate with all parties involved in order to secure fair compensation.
Help enact policies to prevent this from happening to other children.
What Does Youth Sports Sexual Abuse Look Like?
Studies indicate that anywhere from 2% to 8% of children who participate in sports are victims of sexual assault within the context of the sport. There is evidence that youth who are elite athletes are more likely to be assaulted than those with less talent.
Perpetrators of sexual abuse within the context of youth sports display certain characteristics. In 98% of the cases, the perpetrators were coaches, teachers, or instructors. Abusers typically range in age from 16 to 63, with the average age of a sexual abuse perpetrator being 34.2 years.
In most cases, sexual abuse occurs in places where the sports activities are carried out, in the home of the abuser, during training sessions, during competitions away from home, and at social events not necessarily connected to the sport.
Research indicates that abusers usually use a gradual strategy of grooming between them and the young athlete. Over time, boundaries are crossed, and sexual abuse occurs.
Our Orange County Youth Sports Sexual Abuse Attorneys Can Help You Find Closure
If your child has been sexually abused by anyone connected with their youth sports activities, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The team at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is ready to help you through this. We will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve, which can include:
Pain and suffering damages
Compensation for counseling for your child
Punitive damages against the perpetrator as well as any organization that they work for