National Governing Bodies & Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse in the realm of sports is a deeply troubling issue. At its core, it is a violation of trust and a gross abuse of power. Sexual predators disguised as team organizers, coaches, staff members, and other athletes often use the imbalance of power in sports to violate young athletes.

While these predators and abusers should be held accountable for their actions, the National Governing Bodies that oversee these sports are also to blame. These institutions, tasked with nurturing and guiding athletes, have often contributed to a culture where such abuses are inadequately addressed and allowed to continue.

If you are a survivor of this kind of abuse, it's important to know that you are not alone. Your courage in stepping forward not only aids in your healing journey but also paves the way for the protection of others. At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, L.L.P., we understand the immense strength it takes to speak out, and we are here to support you, offering a guiding hand in seeking justice and accountability.

Our Firm Holds National Governing Bodies Accountable

For years, Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, L.L.P. has been at the forefront of holding National Governing Bodies (NGBs) accountable for their role in sexual abuse cases. Our firm has provided legal representation to survivors and played a pivotal role in advocating for legal and regulatory reforms. These reforms are crucial in transforming the sports culture to one that prioritizes the safety and well-being of athletes. By working with us, you're not just seeking justice for yourself; you're contributing to a larger movement for change within these powerful organizations.

We have successfully represented sexual abuse victims in cases against large NGBs, including:

As a direct result of our law firm’s success in cases against National Governing Bodies, child protection programs were strengthened across the entire Olympic movement. This protection included expanded background checks, mandated training, mandated reporting for all coaches, and clear reporting mechanisms.

The Role of National Governing Bodies in Perpetuating Abuse

National Governing Bodies in sports are responsible for safeguarding athletes, yet, regrettably, they have often failed in this duty. In many cases, allegations of abuse have been ignored or minimized, with more concern shown for preserving the organization's reputation than for the welfare of the athletes. This negligence creates an environment where abuse can occur unchecked.

At Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, L.L.P., we strive to challenge this status quo. Through legal action, we aim to bring justice to individual survivors and force these organizations to implement comprehensive reforms, ensuring the safety and protection of athletes now and in the future.

Filing a Lawsuit: A Step Towards Healing and Justice

Taking legal action against abusers and the institutions that enable them is a significant step in your journey toward healing. By filing a sexual abuse lawsuit, you can seek compensation for the trauma you've endured. This compensation can cover various aspects, including medical expenses, therapy, and pain and suffering, helping to support your healing process.

More than just financial reparation, holding these entities accountable serves as a powerful statement against the culture of silence and complicity. Our team at Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, L.L.P. is here to guide you through this process, ensuring your voice is heard and your rights are upheld.

Stand with Us

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual abuse in sports, it's time to take a stand. Contact Cerri, Boskovich & Allard, L.L.P. to explore your legal options. Together, we can fight for the justice you deserve and work towards a future where athletes are safe from abuse. Your courage in coming forward can make a profound difference—not just in your own life but in the lives of countless others. Let's work together to hold abusers and their enablers accountable and create a safer world for all athletes.

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