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The Prevalence of Sexual Abuse in Sports

When a Young Athlete's Trust is Broken

Young athletes look up to their coaches and mentors for guidance and support to help them excel at their sport. However, when authoritative members and affiliates, including doctors and other sports organization staff members, use a young athlete's trust to carry out acts of sexual abuse, it can leave the victim feeling scared, alone, and helpless. Although there has been a spotlight on sexual abuse in sports in the media lately, it's critical to understand the scope of the problem entirely. Here are some very telling statistics about the prevalence of sexual abuse in sports.

The Concerning Statistics of Sexual Abuse in Sports

According to Childhelp, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young survivors speak out against their perpetrators, reports the following statistics related to incidents of child sexual abuse in sports:

  • Abuse happens in all sports genres.
  • 40% to 50% of young athletes have experienced sexual abuse ranging from mild harassment to severe abuse.
  • 2% to 8% of all athletes are impacted by sexual abuse.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims are acquainted with their perpetrators.

Know the Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse

If you are concerned your child is being subjected to sexual abuse in sports, observe these common warning signs:

  • Not wanting to participate in sports practice.
  • Not wanting to go to school.
  • Declining school grades.
  • Loss of interest in the sport and other activities they love.
  • Socially withdrawn from family and friends.
  • Exhibits more adult-like sexual behaviors and language.
  • Changes in eating habits (loss of appetite, refusing to eat).
  • Mood swings (anger, fear).

Finding Support After Sexual Abuse

The emotional, physical, and psychological damage after enduring sexual abuse can never be repaired. Most survivors are left confused and don't know where to turn for help, and have difficulty moving forward with their lives. If you or a loved one have survived sexual abuse, speaking out against your perpetrator can bring them to justice and help you begin the recovery process and find closure. When you need help and support, The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. is here for you. We believe you and are ready to support you through every step of the process.

Contact us today (800) 477-2989 to learn your rights.