This time the location in New Jersey. Joseph J. Catrambone, 29, has just been accused of sexually assaulting two girl under the age of 13. Taking place in Monroe township, scares me a little as this story hits home. I myself am a native of this town.
Recently Catrambone was fired from Atlantic Coast Gymnastics and later the truth about what he was doing to the girls have come out. The incident happened in over two different occasions, for a fact two of these incidents happened in October of 2016 and just last month.
He just sexually assaulted a girl on March 23th which happened right before his arrest on April 24th. Being held without bail, Catrambone will have to wait until his hearing.
In this semester of blogging I’ve covered multiple cases of sexual assault that happens in gymnastics. And I that amount of times we hear stories of assaults or molestations or anything in that area it is actually appalling.
We’ve touched on the Dr. Nassar case, as well as the Penn State scandal and the age range for these incidents are ridiculous. The fact that gymnast already have to walk around in leotards to compete and practice is already enough to make them uncomfortable. But, the fact that coaches, doctors, people that are suppose to only aid them into becoming the best athlete they can be are the ones that are taking advantage of these young athletes are ridiculous.
As gymnastics is suppose to be building the self-esteem of our young women the faculty is just tearing them down. It is already enough that even the highest, most dominant gymnast get body shamed by the world but yet they have to worry about if the people that they think are suppose to be helping them are actually trying to better them or not.
Something needs to happen, soon. Parents will now become more paranoid when sending their children to practice because they do not know what actually happens once they walk out after dropping their kids off.