Athlete

Sex/Gender:
Female
Age at Assault:
15
Form of Assault:
Unwelcome groping, touching, or kissing
Incidence:
Multiple incidents over a brief period
Relationship to Attacker:
Coach
Location
Coach's appartment

The coach groomed me over several months and convinced me to join his club and eventually come up to his apartment where the assault occurred. He warned me that no one would believe me if I made accusations against someone of his stature.

My parents soon found out that I had been to his apartment, and forbid me to return there. I found another club and coach to train with. I didn't tell anyone for many years what had happened to me - I was so ashamed.

Years later, the city police reached out to all of his ex-athletes in order to build a case against him. I agreed to write a complaint as did several other women. Charges were brought against him, a trial was held at which I testified. The coach was found guilty and served several years for his crimes.

I'm glad that I testified at the trail, but it was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do, and I still feel shame even though I know that I was not responsible for what happened to me.