Track and Field Sexual Abuse

The sexual abuse of track and field athletes by trusted coaches is a long-standing problem in the sport, made worse by individuals and institutions who enable predators by placing the image and reputation of their program over athletes’ safety.

In San Jose, California, a young woman came forward after nearly twenty years to name her former coach, Chioke Robinson, as her abuser, along with calling out the coach who enabled her abuser.

Track and Field sexual abuse and sexual assault cases

Whether you are an aspiring high school athlete or an Olympic-caliber athlete, sexual assault or sexual abuse in track and field continues to be a problem.

  • Aaron Rios, a former cross country and track and field coach at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, faces charges for sexually assaulting a student.
  • Gonzalo Castro, a high school volunteer track and field coach at Marina High School in San Clemente, is also facing sexual abuse charges for his action during an off-campus training run with a student.
  • Former coach John Rembao is being sued by Olympic high jumper Erin Aldrich. She claims Rembao began sexually grooming her when she was 16 before Rembao allegedly took advantage of her. Aldrich is one of three women suing Rembao.
  • In other track and field sexual abuse crimes going back decades, former Arizona Senator Martha McSally told the Wall Street Journal that one of her high school track coaches sexually abused her at age 17.
  • And in sexual abuse crimes going back to 1975, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that Conrad Mainwaring, a former Olympian and track and field trainer, has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with many of his trainees. Fourteen men, who trained at UCLA Drake Stadium, have come forward to Outside the Lines with abuse stories, with the most recent coming in 2016.

Fight back. Put the shame where it belongs, on the predator.

Many survivors of sexual abuse or sexual assault will live with shame and guilt for years, if not decades. California recognizes that it is difficult for survivors to come forward in a timely manner, so they have adopted Assembly Bill 218. AB 218 gives ALL survivors a three-year window to come forward and hold their perpetrators accountable along with the institution that enabled their crime.

Call our experienced athlete abuse attorneys for a free and 100% confidential consultation. The three-year window in California expires at the end of 2022. Learn about your legal rights. We’re ready to help.

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