Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Among individuals named in the suits are former U. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U. The lawsuits are believed to be the first major filings under a new California law that allows sexual abuse victims to confront in court their abusers and the organizations that protected predators. Assembly Bill , which went into effect on Jan. Grodensky said King abused her from ages 11 to 16 when she was a swimmer in Danville, California, in the early s. Now 51 and living in New York, she said she has suffered from years of depression as a result of the abuse.
The Olympics are the fairytale that predatory coaches dangle before starry-eyed kids to get them to do anything they ask. I know because it happened to me. M y mother never got to see me swim fast. I had only started swimming competitively in September, my 13th birthday was in December and by March she was dead. He barely noticed as I progressed rapidly through the levels of the team, putting me in the same group with swimmers who had been in the pool since they were five or six years old. As early as my freshman year in high school, it was clear that I had the talent and work ethic to earn a scholarship to a major Division I university.
A former national and Olympic swimming coach had sexual intercourse with pre-teenage girls and for many years sexually abused young female swimmers in a room which became known as the "chamber of horrors". Derry O'Rourke was a successful coach for almost 25 years but has been unemployed since , when an investigation began into his serial offending and is unlikely ever again to get work in that area. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told he once coached triple-gold Olympic medallist Michelle de Bruin, but there were no allegations of impropriety in his conduct with her. O'Rourke 51 , with an address in Edenderry, Co Offaly, pleaded guilty to 29 charges relating to 11 girls and covering unlawful carnal knowledge of girls under 15, sexual assault and indecent assault. The offences were committed between and He had no previous convictions. The case continues today with evidence from victims about the effect O'Rourke's abuse had on them.
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