YMCA Sexual Abuse Lawyers Fighting for Victims Nationwide
If you or your child has been sexually abused while involved with the YMCA, discuss your legal rights – including your right to compensation – with a YMCA sexual abuse lawyer at Greg Jones Law.
The Young Men’s Christian Association or YMCA is a global organization that offers youth mentoring, summer camps, and more. In the U.S., the YMCA involves 9 million children and 13 million adults. Sadly, some YMCA staffers have used their positions to sexually abuse children.
There is no “profile” or “typical” sexual abuser. Sexual predators look like everyone else, and they go where the children are. That is why so many groups for young people – such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the YMCA – are facing so many sexual abuse lawsuits and allegations.
What Constitutes Childhood Sexual Abuse?
Childhood sexual abuse is any type of sexual interaction between an adult or an older child and a victim. Sexual abuse may involve inappropriate touching, fondling, sodomy, and rape, but childhood sexual abuse does not necessarily involve actual physical contact.
Childhood sexual abuse may also involve voyeurism, exposure to pornography, exhibitionism, and verbal humiliation or harassment. Some abusers never even touch a child but instead use threats, lies, and intimidation to control and silence a child.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by an employee or a member of the YMCA, you and your YMCA sexual abuse attorney may be able to hold both the abuser and the organization liable with a sexual abuse lawsuit and recover monetary compensation.
What Is the Michael Begin Jr. Story?
In August of 2019, a 19-year-old YMCA employee in Indiana, Michael Begin Jr., pled guilty to molesting more than a dozen young children he had met through the YMCA. Begin molested the children, ages three through eight, over a period of seventeen months.
Additional charges were added as investigators learned more about Begin. He was finally charged with twenty-seven total counts of criminal child molestation. He also faces ten lawsuits from families of the victims, and most of those lawsuits name the YMCA as a co-defendant.
Also, in 2019, a Wisconsin teen was charged with the first-degree sexual assault of a 5-year-old at a local YMCA childcare facility, and the director of an Iowa YMCA was charged with sexually abusing a girl in her home. Sexual abuse reports at three YMCA summer camps in Texas were also investigated in 2019.
What Should You Know About Sexual Abuse and Abuse Survivors?
Too often, the sexual exploitation and abuse of children is hushed up or goes unreported. Some victims may be afraid to speak out. Parents with children who are involved with the YMCA have good reasons to be concerned.
The sexual abuse of a child may cause long-term psychological harm and emotional damage. Children who are sexually abused may have difficulty as adults with alcohol, drugs, and personal relationships.
The parents of sexually abused children and the survivors of sexual abuse may file a sexual abuse claim and/or seek to have the state file criminal charges. However, unless you can produce strong evidence or credible witnesses, a prosecutor may be unwilling to file a criminal charge.
What Happens If You File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
If your child has been sexually abused by someone linked to the YMCA, arrange a consultation with a YMCA sexual abuse lawyer at Greg Jones Law by calling our national law offices at 855-566-3752 from anywhere in the United States. There is no cost for an initial case evaluation.
Your attorney will provide personalized legal advice and explain how the laws in your state apply to your own case. If you and your attorney move forward with legal action, your attorney will then investigate your claim and identify the liable party or parties.
If institutional negligence or abuse by the YMCA allowed, fostered, or contributed to a child’s sexual abuse, a civil lawsuit may be the only way that you and your attorney can hold the YMCA accountable.
What Does It Cost to Take Legal Action?
Greg Jones Law is a national personal injury law firm representing the survivors of sexual abuse in all fifty states. We have considerable experience representing sexual abuse victims, and our record of success on their behalf speaks for itself.
Beginning with your free initial case evaluation, you will pay no consultation fee or attorney’s fee to Greg Jones Law unless we prevail with legal action and recover the monetary compensation you are entitled to by law.
Sexual abuse survivors are entitled by the law in every state to compensation for their medical expenses, counseling and therapy expenses, personal pain and suffering, and related losses and damages. Call Greg Jones Law today at (855)566-3752 to schedule a free consultation.