Were You or Your Child Abused by a Coach?
The relationship between a young athlete or performer and his or her coach is one of trust. Sadly, some coaches use that trust to coerce children into sexual relationships.
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C. in Bridgeport, our lawyers represent the victims of sexual abuse. If your child was sexually abused by a coach, director, teacher, assistant or volunteer while participating in youth sports or a performing arts activity, call us at 203-212-9075 for a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout Connecticut.
Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse
The relationship between coach and an athlete or other performer is fundamentally unequal. The child looks to the coach for guidance and approval. The amount of time that a coach spends with a child in a private setting gives a potential abuser greater access to a child than other teachers. This creates an environment where sexual abuse can occur.
Our attorneys handle cases of sexual abuse against:
- Coaches of football, basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming and other sports teams
- Coaches and directors of music, dance and performing arts
- Assistant coaches and parent volunteers
Schools and other organizations responsible for sports and performing arts activities may be held accountable for sexual abuse of children in their care, even if the abuse occurred many years in the past. Our goal in pursuing these cases is both to hold those organizations accountable and to help your child receive the counseling and other services he or she needs to survive sexual abuse.
Contact Us for More Information About Abuse by Coaches
We understand the concerns of individuals and families about reporting sexual abuse. We are adept at protecting the privacy interests of our clients while holding abusers accountable. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate and professional when representing our clients. We create an environment where clients can feel safe and confident in our ability to see that justice is done.
Child Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Prove a Molestation Case?
A. Child sexual abuse can take many forms and be difficult to prove, especially if the physical injuries are no longer present. However, many physicians and behavioral specialists are able to spot the warning signs of sexual abuse in children and can help build a strong case against the abuser. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the right experts to help with your claim.
Can You Sue a Teacher for Sexual Abuse?
A. Yes. Teachers can be held liable in a civil claim for sexual abuse against minor students. Like with all civil claims for child sexual abuse, it is important to work with an attorney right away to make sure all evidence is collected and documented to help build your case.
What Are My Legal Rights if I Was Sexually Abused as a Child?
A. Our lawyers represent victims who were sexually abused as children (under the age of 18). The law only allows victims to bring a claim up until the age of 48. Do not wait to learn about your legal options if you were the victim of sexual abuse as a minor.
Why Choose Us?
What is the statute of limitations with regard to filing a sexual abuse claim?
A. Victims who claim damages for sexual abuse, sexual assault or sexual exploitation as a child can file a claim up to 30 years past the age of abuse (typically until the age of 48) in Connecticut.
However, if you claim damages as a result of being sexually assaulted as an adult, then you have a much shorter time period in which to file a lawsuit. Typically, you have three years from the date of the assault to file against the perpetrator for his or her intentional acts and two years from the date of the assault to file against any other person or entity (e.g., perpetrator’s employer) who may have been negligent in allowing the perpetrator to have contact with you.
If there is a criminal case presently pending against the perpetrator, can I still file a civil suit?
What is the difference between criminal and civil cases? Is there a different burden of proof?
The perpetrator is now dead. Can I still file a claim?
I do not want my identity revealed. Is there a way that I can file a claim and remain anonymous?
Who are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse?
Any person so identified who in the course of his or her employment or profession has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been inflicted with non-accidental injuries or is at imminent risk of serious harm must report or cause a report to be made in accordance with state law. Violation of the law will result in a monetary fine and required participation in an educational and training program. See Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17-101(b); 17a-101a.