Weil Quaranta Representing AAU Athletes Sexually Abused
On June 23rd, 2013, Weil Quaranta filed a 10-page suit in a Florida District Court, seeking compensatory damages and relief for one of several sexual victims abused by a coach while she was a member of the AAU, the Amateur Athletic Union.
The two-count suit against the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, 9th Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida alleges violation of Florida’s Unfair Trade and Deceptive Practices Act, and negligence. It alleges that the AAU has misled young athletes, and their parents in its written materials promising that it will aggressively rid its membership of sexual predators.
AAU sexual abuse cases became front-page news in 2011 when Outside the Lines reported that two men said a then AAU CEO had molested them. The coach never faced criminal charges, but was placed on leave. The media coverage story spurred the creation of two task forces that were charged with improving ways to police the AAU’s 100,000 coaches and volunteers.
As a result the AAU announced a “sweeping review of its child-protection policies amid scrutiny about whether it has ignored reforms put in place in the four years since sexual-abuse allegations were made against its former president.”
The review came after Amateur Athletic Union leadership’s was questioned about the group’s affiliation with a prominent and successful volleyball coach. He had been banned for life from coaching girls by a different national organization in 1995 after an ethics panel found he had had sexual relationships with three underage players several years prior. You can read more in the Weil Quaranta Press Release and in the Outside the Lines video and story.
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest youth sports organizations in the US.
If you or a loved one has suffered sexual abuse while affiliated with the AAU, contact the lawyers at Weil Quaranta, P.A.