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Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Baseball Player Facing Accusations


Wander Franco, an all-star shortstop from Tampa Bay, is facing accusations of sexual and psychological abuse of a minor. The Major League Baseball player is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation is pending in the Dominican Republic. Franco is accused of engaging in sexual assault with a 14-year-old female. In addition, he is facing commercial sexual exploitation and money laundering by providing the mother with cash payments.

The Role Players Like Wander Franco Play in Children’s Lives

Child sexual abuse within the realm of sports perpetrated by adults has devastating and far-reaching consequences, leaving a profound impact on the lives of young athletes. The influential role that Major League Baseball (MLB) players hold in children’s lives amplifies access to vulnerable children. Young athletes often look up to professional athletes as role models, mentors, and sources of inspiration.

When instances of child sexual abuse occur within the context of sports, the betrayal of trust and exploitation of power can cause severe emotional and psychological trauma. The impact of child sexual abuse in sports extends beyond the immediate victims to their families, teammates, and the broader sports community. Victims may experience feelings of shame, guilt, and confusion. Moreover, the betrayal of trust by a respected figure in the sports world can shatter the sense of safety and security that young athletes associate with their passion for the game. Thus undermining their love for sports and potentially derailing their athletic aspirations.

By speaking out against child sexual abuse, advocating for child protection policies, and actively engaging in efforts to prevent abuse within sports organizations, MLB players can leverage their platform to foster a culture of safety, respect, and empowerment for young athletes. Through education, awareness campaigns, and support for survivors, MLB players can play a pivotal role in promoting positive change and ensuring that children can pursue their athletic dreams in environments free from exploitation and harm.

Andreozzi + Foote is a leading sexual abuse law firm in the nation. If you have experienced sexual abuse by an athlete, contact us today to discuss your possible legal rights.



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