Cheerleading Sexual Abuse Investigation

09.28.2020

Girard Sharp attorneys are investigating allegations of child abuse and sexual assault by cheerleading coaches, choreographers, and other staff members connected to the sport. Recent articles report that many cheerleading facilities are employing coaches and staff that are on the national sex offender registry and some children that attend these programs have been victims of sexual abuse by staff members. It has been reported that many of these facilities are sponsored by Varsity Spirit, US All Star Federation (USASF), and USA Cheer.

Does your child attend a cheerleading program? Contact our lawyers today.

If you are a parent or legal guardian with a minor that attended a Varsity Spirit and USASF sponsored cheerleading program, we encourage you to reach out to us if you suspect your child may have been a victim. Contact Girard Sharp attorneys today for a free and confidential consultation at (866) 981-4800 or submit your information below:

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Varsity Spirit, USASF, and USA Cheer are the governing organizations of a majority of US national cheerleading competitions, makers of cheerleading uniforms and gear, and organizers of cheer camps that help train children across the United States. These organizations sponsor gyms across the country allowing these children to compete in their national cheer competitions.

A recent article by USA Today uncovered many of these sponsored gyms are employing staff members and coaches that are on the national sex offender registry and convicted of sexual assault. Recently, one of the coaches at these gyms was arrested by the FBI for production of child pornography.

“USA TODAY identified nearly 180 individuals affiliated with cheerleading who have faced charges relating to sexual misconduct involving minors but were not banned by the sport’s two governing bodies, USASF and USA Cheer. More than 140 of them – a group that includes coaches, choreographers, and others directly tied to the activity – have been convicted, and 74 are registered sex offenders.”

If your child has practiced, trained, or competed at a Varsity Spirit, USASF, or USA Cheer sponsored program, they may have been a victim of sexual assault. Our attorneys have substantial experience in class action and other complex litigation on behalf of sexual abuse survivors. Our lawyers currently serve as members of the leadership team in the USC litigation arising out of allegations that Dr. George Tyndall—a gynecologist at USC—sexually abused his patients. USC agreed to resolve the Tyndall case for $215 million. Contact a Girard Sharp sexual abuse and women’s advocacy attorney by calling (866) 981-4800 or by filling out the form above.

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