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Were you or a loved one sexually abused while training through one of the University of Minnesota's athletics programs? You are not alone. Our experienced sexual abuse attorneys are here to help.
Lawsuits: Sexual Abuse Widespread Throughout College Athletics
Hundreds of young women and men have come forward to report similar forms of abuse. In countless personal injury lawsuits, young student athletes accuse doctors, trainers and coaches of exploiting and victimizing them. We believe these recent reports are part of a pattern, one that can be found on numerous college campuses across the country.
Sexual abuse, plaintiffs claim in their legal complaints, is widespread and tolerated throughout college athletics. In recent years, we've seen multiple colleges gripped by shocking sexual abuse scandals. In many cases, these scandals have come to involve the United States Olympic Committee, the organization that controls entry and participation in international athletic competition. Alongside its 47 national governing bodies, which govern individual sports, the US Olympic Committee is accused of creating a culture in which sexual abuse and exploitation are tolerated facts-of-life for thousands of young athletes.
How Nassar Scandal Changed Olympic-Level Sports
At this point, we've all become familiar with the horrific crisis of sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics. Larry Nassar, a gymnastics doctor at Michigan State University, was allowed to molest hundreds of young women over the course of several decades. As plaintiffs allege in their new lawsuits, a number of complaints against Nassar were either concealed or ignored by high-level executives at Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee.
We don't think the sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, now a convicted child molester, is an isolated incident. Other recent scandals, including one sparked by a lawsuit filed against Ohio State University and USA Diving, suggest that sexual abuse may be rampant throughout Olympic-level athletic competition in America.
Attorneys Launch Investigation Into University Of Minnesota
If you or a loved one were sexually abused at the University of Minnesota, please know that you are not alone. We believe you. We believe that your story should be told. You can stand up and raise your voice for meaningful change, like hundreds of sexual abuse survivors before you.
In light of recent allegations, our compassionate sexual abuse lawyers have opened a full investigation into the University of Minnesota's sexual abuse reporting and response policies. In order to further our investigation, we're reaching out to members of the Gopher community for information. If you were sexually abused by a coach, volunteer or employee, we want to hear from you.
Stand Up For Meaningful Change
Many survivors fear stepping forward. We understand; it can seem overwhelming, and terrifying, to open up in front of others and share your truth. Sexual abuse of any sort can raise a disturbing and frustrating storm of emotions, from anger and grief to shame and embarrassment. Coming forward to report what happened to you, or pursue justice in the open, can seem impossible.
At the same time, stepping forward and raising your voice can be a deeply empowering experience. Many of the survivors we've worked with credit pursuing legal action as their first step on the road to recovery. Seeking justice on your own terms is a way of exerting necessary control over a situation that may seem all too difficult to confront right now.
It's also a way of inspiring other survivors, many of whom may be hiding in the shadows, fearful of coming forward themselves. Securing justice, by holding responsible parties accountable and making your voice heard, is often the most effective way to find a sense of closure.