Young athlete accuses CYO coach of sexual abuse
SAN ANTONIO -
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office arrested a coach on allegations he abused a young athlete over the course of several months last year.
An agency spokesperson identified the coach as 48-year-old Jeffrey Ramos.
Last week Bexar county deputies were called to a local middle school by child protective services. A young girl had stated she had been sexually abused by Jeffrey Ramos from the summer to December of last year.
"We know that these two knew each other that he did have access to her and it only took her being brave at this moment to finally come forward, " Bexar County Sheriff's Office public information officer, James Keith
The Rape Crisis Center says, the victim having concern for other victims is very common.
"Individuals decide to come forward when they feel that other people may be in harm's way, specifically the younger population when their siblings or their friends may be at risk," says, Rape Crisis Center, Executive Director, Miriam Elizondo
Miriam Elizondo says coaches are mentors to children and unfortunately that leadership role can be taken advantage of.
"You are really grooming that child for several months, and you learn that child, that perpetrator learns the child and how much threat and force really needs to be used," says, Elizondo
And now, the Rape Crisis center wants to emphasize how important this educator was that reported the abuse. The importance of believing a victim who is brave enough to come forward.
"This teacher is a perfect example of what we need to do out in our communities to be available, to be a safe person that survivors will realize that they are going to believe them, that you can approach someone that is not going to judge you," says, Elizondo
In a statement from The Archdiocese of San Antonio, they say Ramos was an unpaid volunteer coach with the Catholic Youth Organization program at St. Anthony Mary Claret Church. They say he was suspended from his role after his arrest.
They added that none of the alleged abuse took place on parish grounds.