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Advocates claim Ohio State failed domestic violence victims

Media sources feature many stories concerning sports figures and coaches who have either purportedly abused others or have worked to conceal such actions. Advocates of victims of domestic violence are calling for more to be done to ensure that such abuse is eliminated from sporting programs. There are countless California residents who have suffered harm from this pervasive societal problem.

A top coach for a well-known university along with its athletic director were recently reprimanded for their purported failure to take early action over allegations that an assistant coach had abused his former wife for years. Urban Meyer, the school's popular head football coach, was suspended without pay for several weeks and is prevented from coaching the first few games of the season. The athletic director, Gene Smith, was likewise suspended. Both men offered apologies to the school's fans and alumni for their failure to take corrective actions when the allegations of domestic abuse first came to their attention.

The problem victims' advocates have with those apologies is that neither man took the opportunity to condemn domestic violence or offer information regarding what steps will be taken in the future to prevent such violence. In addition, when the investigation was completed, the name of the victim was barely given mention, which was viewed as a way of lessening the severity of the allegations. Purportedly, the allegations against Zach Smith were not given much weight by Meyer or Smith beyond verbal warnings since he was not facing criminal charges.

It was only after a protective order was issued that the Ohio State assistant coach was fired from his position. There are programs that have been employed by the military and sports-based organizations that work to educate both staff and participants about how to prevent domestic violence situations. California residents who have suffered physical and psychological harm due to abusive relationships can seek legal assistance in order to protect themselves and their loved ones in the future 

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