“Former Hockey Coach Accused of Child Sexual Abuse in Winnipeg”
**A Young Victim Comes Forward**
In a shocking revelation, a former student has come forward to allege that he was sexually abused by disgraced hockey coach Graham James when he was just 10 years old back in the 1980s. The details of the abuse are disturbing, and the victim is now suing James and the school division for over $6 million.
This is, unfortunately, not the first time James has been accused of such heinous acts. He is a convicted sex offender who has previously spent time in prison for assaulting multiple young players he coached. Despite this, he was granted day parole in 2016.
**Terrifying Abuse Details**
The victim’s lawsuit alleges that the abuse began when James was working as a substitute teacher in Winnipeg. The abuse progressed from inappropriate touching in the classroom to more severe instances at the boy’s home. The long-term impact on the victim has been severe, with therapy and medical attention required as a result of the abuse.
The victim is seeking compensation to cover loss of earning capacity, the severe mental and emotional impact of the abuse, and future care costs. The lawsuit further claims that the school division was negligent in allowing the abuse to take place, and that it was their legal duty to prevent it.
**A Need for Accountability**
Another victim, Greg Gilhooly, has also spoken out publicly about the abuse he suffered at the hands of James. The recent allegations serve as a painful reminder that there may be even more victims of this terrible abuse. Gilhooly himself has previously asked for compensation for therapy and medications needed following his abuse.
**Compelling Call to Action**
This story shines a light on a systemic failure within the school division to provide proper protection for vulnerable children. As a society, we must ensure that institutions are held accountable when they fail the individuals they are meant to protect. The details of these allegations are disturbing, and they demand a serious and thorough investigation.
As justice is sought for these victims, it’s important to remember that no matter the circumstances, nobody should have to suffer abuse in any form. It is essential to offer support to those who have been victims of abuse and trauma, and it’s crucial that we work to prevent such terrible injustices from occurring in the first place. The first step towards a safer and more just world is acknowledging the problem.