The governing body for water diving sports named USA Diving has been accused of failure in terms of protection of its athletes. This lawsuit came just after the diving coach named William Bohonyi was alleged concerning sexual abuse to the female athletes.
The suit accuses the coach of preying over two of the female divers who were being trained under his tutelage while USA Diving as well as Ohio State University Diving Club stands along as defendants. This particular lawsuit surfaced just last week at the US District Court in Indianapolis. The USA Diving, where the training was being provided is also located in the same region.
As per the suit, it has been alleged that the diving coach forced the two females into the act of copulation along with repetitive coercion into some sexual acts such as sending naked pictures via cellphone. During the abuse, one of the two athletes was actually a minor. The names of the alleged victims have been kept hidden for security purposes.
Further, the lawsuit states that the governing body failed from reporting to the law enforcement body that Bohonyi was actually serial rapist who was banned from the membership in the year 2015. However, this did not refrain him from instructing as the diving coach for the female athletes who were underage until the month of May.
To this allegations, USA Diving’s Social Media and Communications Coordinator Cait Cohn commented that USA Diving takes these matters seriously and catering a safe and secure environment is of utmost importance when it comes to the athletes being trained under USA Diving. However, no further comment by Cohn was received on this matter.
As reported under the lawsuit, the training of one of the female divers started in 2009 under Bohonyi after which he started demanding “Oral Sex” from the athlete in return of the diving coaching. During the tenure of him acting as the coach, he forced the athlete to have a minimum of 1 sexual encounter per day after which it was followed by demand for explicit photos.
The student diver was asked to follow under the pretext “You Owe Me This”. During the final college years, she transferred to another school. According to a statement by the second diver, it was back when she was 16 that the sexual abuse by Bohonyi began in the year 2014. She was psychologically manipulated to believe that it was mandatory to provide sexual services to obtain the diving training.
As per the lawsuit, Bohonyi preyed into the vulnerability, age, and aspiring dreams of the young divers. Despite knowing the back story of Bohonyi, USA Diving didn’t rectify its mistake and allowed him to coach the young female divers.