Bakersfield Coach Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Sexual abuse allegations and lawsuits have rocked many sports organizations across the U.S. in recent years. Some of the most notable cases have involved the U.S. Olympics, USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics. Survivors of coach sexual abuse have also come forward against local schools and sports organizations in Bakersfield, California.
If you or a loved one is a victim of this type of crime, don’t hesitate to request a free case consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Our coach sexual abuse lawyers have decades of experience and are committed to helping victims seek justice.
Why Choose Manly, Stewart & Finaldi?
- Our law firm is known for achieving unparalleled case results in sexual assault and abuse cases. We have acquired over $2 billion in total recoveries for clients.
Your attorney will provide a personalized legal experience and tailored strategy to work toward your specific case goals. We communicate often – you won’t be left in the dark about your case.
We will put your needs first. If you wish your identity to remain anonymous during your coach sexual abuse case, for example, we will keep it 100 percent confidential.
We offer our services on a contingency fee basis. This means we don’t charge any attorney’s fees unless a coach sexual abuse case results in financial compensation.
What Is Coach Sexual Abuse? Do I Have a Case?
Coach sexual abuse refers to sex crimes committed by a sports coach, typically against his or her athletes. Sex crimes can refer to rape, sodomy, attempted rape, statutory rape, child molestation, sexual harassment, nonconsensual touching or kissing, and any type of sexual activity with a minor under the age of 18.
A coach may use his or her position of power over players to take advantage of them for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or abuse. Youth, child and student athletes are most at risk of coach sexual abuse in Bakersfield, but this crime can also affect adults. Victims of sports coach sexual abuse in California have the right to file civil lawsuits for the wrongdoing committed against them.
While a criminal case punishes a perpetrator with penalties such as jail time, a civil lawsuit compensates a victim and provides another form of justice. A civil lawsuit also gives a victim the opportunity to hold a larger institution responsible for its role in failing to protect its athletes, such as the owner of a gym or sports organization. To find out if you have a case, consult with an attorney in Bakersfield.
Who Is Liable for Coach Sexual Abuse?
Liability, or financial responsibility, for athlete sexual abuse can go to more than just the coach or perpetrator. At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we are dedicated to holding institutions accountable, as well. We can go up against any entity in a sports sexual abuse case, including:
- College or university
- Community organization
- Elementary school
- High school
- Private school
- Sports league
- The U.S. Olympics
- The YMCA
- USA Gymnastics
- USA Swimming
No matter where you or your child was sexually abused by a coach in Bakersfield, you have rights. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your past and future pain and suffering, emotional distress, psychological trauma, therapies and counseling, medical bills, legal fees, and more through a civil lawsuit.
Contact a Bakersfield Coach Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today
Justice for coach sexual abuse survivors starts here. In California, the statute of limitations gives you 10 years from the date of the sexual assault – or until your 40th birthday for child sexual abuse – to file a claim. The sooner you act, however, the better. To discuss your coach sexual abuse case with an attorney at no cost or obligation, call our West Coast law office location at (800) 700-8450. You can also briefly tell us your story through our secure online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.