Institutional Sexual Abuse: Music and Art Programs
The lives of millions of children across the country are enriched by their participation in youth sports, music, and art programs. Research shows that young people who are involved in organized sports benefit from a range of physical, emotional, and interpersonal benefits. Early exposure to the arts helps children become more engaged in school and their communities. Music lessons have been shown to improve grades and test scores.
With all these advantages, it’s no wonder that parents trust their children to the many organizations and companies that run youth sports, music, and art programs. But sadly, adults involved in these programs have violated this trust on numerous occasions. Sexual abuse is unfortunately very common in organized sports leagues and is a growing concern in music and arts programs.
If your child is showing signs of sexual abuse or molestation in a youth sporting organization, music program, or arts program, the child sexual assault lawyers at Estey & Bomberger may be able to help. We represent victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits against the institutions where the abuse took place. To learn more about the healing benefits the civil justice system offers survivors of sexual abuse, click here.
Sexual Abuse in Music and Arts Programs
Child sexual abuse and molestation is a growing concern in youth music, creative arts, and performing arts programs across the country. In 2013, three people were arrested in connection with allegations of sexual abuse at an Illinois performing arts school. The owner of a Wisconsin music lesson studio was charged with molesting a music student under the age of 12. A music teacher in Maryland was indicted on 39 counts of sexual abuse against 14 elementary school girls.
These shocking cases are not isolated events. If your child was the victim of sexual abuse or molestation while participating in any of the following activities, Estey & Bomberger may be able to help.
- Tap dancing
- Jazz dance
- Musical theater
- Jazz band
- Marching band
- Music schools
- After-school arts programs
- Acting classes
- Theater groups
- Comedy classes
- Fine arts classes
- Theater camp
- Arts camps
- Performing arts schools
- Dance camps
Estey & Bomberger represents survivors of child sexual abuse and molestation in civil lawsuits against institutions where the abuse took place. If your child was victimized by a sexual predator in a youth music or arts program, call us at (800) 925-0723 to discuss your case.