Norman sport is increasingly committed to the fight against sexual and gender-based violence

226 sports structures in Normandy have so far signed the manifesto committing themselves to combating sexual and gender-based violence. 226 of the 7,500 clubs in the region, all disciplines together. A step forward, but there is still a long way to go.

“There has been an omerta in certain sports federations for too long,” emphasizes Nicolas Marais, the president of the Normandy Regional Olympic and Sports Committee. ‚ĆI want there to be a collective consciousness, a real consciousness of our leaders, but also of our young people.”

On Monday 9 May, the Normandy CROS is organizing a regional day to prevent and combat sexual and gender-based violence in sport.

This day is an additional step in the regional policy to combat this violence that started in Normandy over two years. This work is being carried out between the state and the sports authorities of the area.

First highlight: In April 2021, an engagement manifesto was drawn up and signed by all regional and departmental Olympic and sports committees in the region. An approach that every club, every league, every sports federation in Normandy can now follow.

And the results come gradually. “226 sports structures have signed this manifesto. 226 of the approximately 7,500 clubs in all disciplines”, Nicolas Marais announced during a press conference on Monday 9 May.

In particular, this text provides for the appointment of a person responsible for this subject in each club, league or signatory federation, to follow every year information and awareness moments on this subject and to pass them on to members, educators and volunteers.

Since last summer, proof of good name is mandatory for every club member over the age of 16.

“Anyone over the age of 16, be it a player, an official, a referee or just someone who has a sports license, must now complete a certificate of good standing,” explains Nicolas Marais. “These documents then go to the level of the federations. All this is controlled by the state services. Since its introduction less than a year ago, it has made it possible to trace some individuals known to have committed sexual assaults.” . was followed by criminal investigations and sanctions in every federation”.

So that “fear changes sides”, recalls the president of the Regional Olympic and Sports Committee of Normandy, a logo and a prevention film have been produced.

This motion design film highlights some risky situations and reminds us in particular of some advice:

  • greets his trainer by shaking his hand,
  • avoid kisses or hugs,
  • respect the privacy of others in the changing rooms,
  • during competitions, keep girls and boys separated for the night and reserve one dormitory for adults and one for youth.

Above all, the film insists on the obligation to report any abnormal event

If a situation is bothering you, seems strange or abnormal, you can and MUST talk about it with a teacher, friend, trainer, doctor or family member and we MUST listen to you.

Film “Fight against violence in sports in Normandy”

Report, allow for a speech over and over again on topics that have long remained taboo in the sports world.

In December 2019, following a journalistic investigation by Disclose magazine into sexual violence in sport, the Minister of Sport, Roaxana Maracineanu, calls for the immediate creation of a cell within the Sports Directorate to investigate reports and take the necessary measures.

As of December 31, 2021, this unit’s report reported 610 reports in two years, facts that for the most part go back to the past 10 years. 79% of the victims are women, the vast majority of whom were minors at the time of the events.