Have You Been Sexually Abused, Harassed, or Molested by a YMCA Employee?
Sexual abuse is not only limited to religious organizations. Sometimes people are abused by YMCA counselors, teachers, coaches, or nurses. As a victim, you may have a claim against the institution where the abuse happened.
In June 2010, the Boston Globe reported that former YMCA employee James Conner will spend up to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting young girls under his care. Conner, 52, of North Reading, pleaded guilty to 20 charges, including five counts of rape of a child with force and four counts of indecent assault on a child.
The Globe reports that prosecutors said Conner sexually assaulted two girls numerous times while employed as a girls' basketball coach for the Melrose YMCA and used hidden video cameras to record himself in the act. Prosecutors said Conner committed the crimes at his home and at YMCA after-school programs. Both of the victims were under 14 at the time.
What is the YMCA?
The Young Men's Christian Association, or "YMCA," was founded in London in 1844 and organized the first basketball teams and group swim lessons in the United States. The YMCA went on to popularize exercise classes and create the oldest summer camp still in operation.
In fact, many aspects of America's interest in physical fitness can be traced back to the YMCA, which now has more than 2,700 locations across the U.S. Originally geared toward young Christian men, the modern "Y" is open to women and men of all ages and creeds.
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Jury Awards $65 Million to Woman Abused by YMCA Counselor
In October 2022, a jury awarded a New York woman $65 million in a verdict against a former YMCA staff member who sexually abused her when she was a child in the 1990s, according to The Buffalo News [1.].
The Plaintiff, a 37-year-old woman who filed a Child Victims Act lawsuit under the pseudonym LG 46, claimed in State Supreme Court in Erie County that the former YMCA counselor, James B. Jackson, groomed and abused her for more than 7 years.
The woman admitted in a subsequent interview that she has struggled with alcohol abuse and trusting people in relationships. She said she sued Jackson in March 2020 to hold him accountable for his actions.
While no amount of money can ever compensate a victim for a horrific crime like sexual abuse, we believe the perpetrators and those at fault should pay for their actions. If your child has been the victim of molestation, the team at Schmidt & Clark, LLP is here to help. We can help you in filing a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and the institution that failed to protect your child from being abused.
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Do I have a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?
The Sexual Abuse Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in sex abuse and molestation lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Sexual Abuse Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, molested, coerced, or otherwise mistreated by a YMCA staff member, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.