Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse

Posted: December 22, 2013 in HRLax, Updates to "A Lacrosse Story?", US Lacrosse
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Why Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse is so important…

Volunteer Coach Sentenced to 8 Years

Salem, VA  Coach sentenced to serve 8 years for secret taping of teenage girls. Two of the girls, who were 13 at the time that the volunteer coach recorded them trying on uniforms at Bethel Baptist Church in Salem in October 2012, said that they are afraid to go into dressing rooms or public restrooms for fear that someone is watching them according to an article published in The Roanoke Times on December 19, 2013.

The volunteer coach initially was charged with 17 counts of unlawfully filming nude minors without their consent, but eight of those charges were reduced to attempting to film them. Four charges of producing child pornography were reduced to unlawfully filming a nude minor, and four others were dropped. Nudity alone does not constitute child pornography under Virginia law. The images must depict lewd or sexual acts and it is unlikely that Barger will have to register as a sex offender upon his release.

Unfortunately, according to public interviews there were those who had attempted to report suspicious behavior by the coach and were either ignored, ostracized or both. In a least one instance one of those organizations was a private club team and the player and her parents were challenged by multiple people associated with the team suggesting that they were being unfair to the coach.

§ 18.2-386.1. Unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of another; penalty.

Youth Sports Coach Charged with Sexually Abusing 6 Boys

A northern Kentucky youth sports coach has been charged with sexually abusing six boys, including slipping a sleeping pill to one before molesting him, according to an indictment released Tuesday. read more

Four More Charged , Including superintendent, volunteer coach

Four school employees, including the superintendent and an assistant football coach, were indicted by a grand jury investigating a possible coverup in the Steubenville rape case.

The charges were announced Monday by the state’s top prosecutor, who decried “blurred, stretched and distorted boundaries of right and wrong” by students and grown-ups alike.

“How do you hold kids accountable if you don’t hold the adults accountable?” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine asked. watch the video

Schools Chief Among 4 Indicted in Rape Case

  • Tampering with evidence
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Failure to report child abuse or neglect

School Employees Plead Not Guilty

The case received national attention when it was reported in the New York Times

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