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Abuse & Neglect
Abuse & Neglect

Abuse & Neglect

Some Facts:

  • One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday
  • Statistics show that 73% of children do not tell anyone about their abuse for at least one year.
  • Only 7% of child sexual abuse cases involve abuse by a stranger
  • 34% of child sexual abuse is perpetrated by juveniles. In fact, 7% of sexual abuse is perpetrated by youth under the age of 12
  • A background check on coaches can give a false since of security. It only reveals those that have been caught and found guilty.
  • More than 90% of sexual abusers have no criminal record to check.
  • Victimized children often blame themselves for sexual abuse, and that blame is encouraged by the abusers
  • Many sexual predators “groom” their victims, starting with innocuous touches like hugs and pats on the back, which are fairly typical physical interactions for most children

Abuse is more than just sexual abuse. Abuse when someone uses his or her power or position to harm someone emotionally, physically, or sexually or as a result of neglect and come from a coach, another parent or teammate. There are 5 different types of abuse that your child could come across in youth sports: Emotional, Physical, Sexual, Harassment and Neglect.

Emotional Abuse can occur even if the attack is intended as a form of discipline or is not intended by the adult to cause harm. This can include name calling or belittling, shunning, yelling, insulting and negative questioning.

Physical Abuse is when a coach, parent or player willingly and/or purposefully injures or threatens to injure the player and can include making any forceful contact, pulling, and denial of fluids (i.e. water) or any other similar actions that can affect the child’s physical well being. Yes coaches, even forcefully pulling a child's facemask can and most likely will be preceived as physical abuse.

Sexual Abuse is when touching, instead of being respectful and nurturing, is done in a sexual manner. This can be any kind touching, fondling, hugging, kissing or stroking that lasts more than a second or two and what would be considered acceptable in any circumstance. Simple congratulatory pats on the behind are common in sports and should not be perceived as sexual unless in occurs often or is more than a simple quick pat.

Harassment is when the child is threatened, intimidated, taunted, or subjected to racial, homophobic, or sexist slurs. Sexual Harassment includes comments, contact or behavior of a sexual nature that is offensive, uninvited or unwelcome.

Neglect is a chronic inattention to the basic necessities of life such as supervision, medical and dental care, adequate rest, safe environment, exercise, and fresh air. This can include being denied medical needs, being forced to play while injured, allowing bullying, not being properly supervised and/or using unsafe equipment.

Empower yourself and your kids with skills to stay safe! Teach and role-play skills that your child can use to stay safe from sexual abuse. Talk with your child when he or she returns from a practice or game. Notice the child's mood and whether the child can tell you with confidence how the time was spent. Find a way to tell the adults who spend time with your children that you and the child are educated about child sexual abuse. Be that direct.

Physical signs of sexual abuse are not common. Emotional or behavioral signals are more common. Very few reported incidents of sexual abuse are false. You may be faced with a situation where you suspect abuse but don't have any proof. Suspicions are scary, but trust your instincts. Have the courage to report the suspected abuse. Report all cases, both inside and outside your family.

If you're unsure about whether to make an official report or just need support, contact a children's advocacy center. The staff will help you evaluate your suspicions and your next steps.


The National Children's Alliance at www.nca-online.org or call 1-800-239-9950 or

Nevada Division of Child and Family Services
Toll-Free: (800) 992-5757
To Report child abuse or neglect Call:
(800) 992-5757
In Clark County Call:
(702) 399-0081
In Washoe County Call:
(775) 785-8600 

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UPDATE: Marvin Geovanny Juarez pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced on Monday, May 20th, 2013 to a minimum of 22 years to life in prison by Clark County District Judge Kathleen E. Delaney. Juarez admitted to having sex with the 13 year-old on two separate occasions and also told police that he was abused as a child. Juarez pleaded guilty to use of a minor in producing pornography, lewdness with a child under the age of 14 and attempted sexual assault with a child under the age of 16. ------------------------------------------------------- A 35-year-old childrens’ soccer coach was arrested on May 27th, 2012…
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On Thursday May 16th, 2013 police arrested 24-year old Angela Hensey who is a volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge HS. Records also show she played basketball there as a student and graduated from the school back in 2007. She was booked into the Clark County Detention Center with two counts of sex with a student and one count of luring a child. There are unconfirmed reports that the victim was a 14-15 year old female basketball player from the school. More Details should be released later today... This is the second volunteer coach from CCSD to be arrested for sexual misconduct…
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According to a report by KTNV News 13, a 23 year old assistant JV basketball coach was arrested this past Tuesday (February 26th, 2013) on 2 counts of sexual misconduct with a 16 year old female player. According to the report, many students at Legacy were all to aware of the inappropriate relationship. The information spread far enough to finally reach some parents and school staff at which time local police were notified. Although the age of consent is 16 here is Nevada, state law states that teachers, administrators, coaches and volunteers are prohibited from having any sexual relations with…
Sunday, 14 April 2013 14:27

Warning Signs of Abuse

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Sports administrators, coaches, volunteers and parents should be aware of the behavioral changes that potentially indicate that a participant is involved in an abusive situation. These are some examples of physical and behavioral indicators that may signify possible abuse: Any physical signs of abuse, such as a repeated pattern of injury or where the explanations of the accidents do not fit the injury Changes in behavior, extreme mood swings, withdrawal, fearfulness and excessive crying High levels of anxiety Distorted body image, including or resulting in eating disorders, self-mutilation or other related behaviors Low self-esteem Overly aggressive behavior Unwillingness to participate in sports…
Sunday, 14 April 2013 14:17

Reporting Suspected Abuse

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The following steps for reporting abuse or suspected abuse are taken from the book, “For Their Sake: Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse” by Dr. Becca Cowan Johnson. Most of these guidelines reference children as victims. However, persons of any age can be victims of abuse. These guidelines are equally applicable to adults as well as children. 1. Take the initial report Assure privacy but not confidentiality. A child may say to you that they have something to tell you but only if you promise not to tell anyone else. If you are a legally mandated reporter, you cannot make such a…
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For the second time in less than a week a local youth coach has been arrested for sexual misconduct. 43-year-old Albert Hernandez, a varsity softball coach at Silverado, was taken into custody off campus by CCSD Police and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student-athlete. It is also known that Hernandez coaches for an unknown local youth softball team. It is unclear at this time if any allegations are connected to his youth team. Hernandez is facing the following charges: two counts of sex between a school employee and a student;…

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2015-07-27, 16:16
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