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Sport, synonymous with well-being and satisfaction, can sometimes wreak havoc. According to the French Ministry of Sport, 610 cases have been reported to the unit dealing with the issue of sexual violence in sport since its creation in 2020.
84% of the victims are minors. 73% of the cases relate to offenses committed in the past 10 years and 107 cases even relate to the 2020-2021 sports season. The denounced people are paid educators, volunteers and 36 had state agent status. Most sports federations are concerned. Currently, 449 cases have been closed while 206 investigations are ongoing. The conclusion is there, sexual violence in sport does exist.
Consciously, more and more players are involved in the field
A former football coach of amateur clubs in the Paris region is currently on trial in the Paris court for assizes for the rape and assault of a dozen minors, to whom he dangled a professional career. In particular, the man is accused of rape and assault by person in authority “on minors under 15 and attempts,” sexual proposals by electronic means ” and “ corruption of minors out of 13 young players, he trained in clubs in the Paris region between 2003 and 2018. The teens were mostly under the age of 15 at the time of the events. Nine are involved in rape or assault. The French football league is now helping its players detect warning signs and adopt good behavior. Nearly 300 players, leaders and educators were notified.
The French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) is committed to the fight against all forms of violence and discrimination in sport with the official launch, on January 18, 2022, of a special commission. The Commission on Combating Sexual Violence and Discrimination in Sport of the CNOSF will work during the Olympiad to support the actors of the sport movement in the fight against this violence, in collaboration with the public authorities (Ministry of National Education, responsible Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Solidarity and Health, etc. and the judicial authorities.
Sarah Abitbol shows the way
In June 2021, the Ministry of Sports launched a Sexual Violence Prevention Plan, accompanied by an awareness kit for supervisors, educators, volunteers and families. In November 2017, the actors on the field were surprised by the positive image painted by Laura Flessel, then Minister of Sport in Édouard Philippe’s government, who assured that ” there is no omerta in sports A year after the interview with Laura Flessel, Roxana Maracineanu, who succeeded her in the Ministry of Sports, took the opposite view, using the word omerta on purpose and recognizing the risks inherent in sport.
Since then, the publication of the book has been Sarah Abitbolfigure skating champion, who denounced the violence she suffered from her ex-coach in January 2020, the topic of sexual violence in sport is no longer taboo. Such a long silence French institutions under the #MeToo movement had reacted to freedom of expression for victims of sexual violence. It remains the first major testimony to sexual violence in the sports world.
On the planet, one in seven athletes would be the victim of some form of sexual assault before the age of 18, regardless of the level of competition and the country where these acts are lamented. † My name is Simone Biles, and I am a survivor of sexual assault. I blame Larry Nassar and I blame the system that enabled and perpetrated these abuses, the American Gymnastics Federation and the United States Olympic Committee. “, said in 2021 the one who is considered the greatest gymnast of all time. In 2018, the American champion revealed that she had fallen victim to Larry Nassar, a former doctor of the US national women’s gymnastics team who was convicted of pedophilia. twenty years of sexual violence.