Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe for Athletes strives to prevent abuse in sport-related activities. Below are a few statistics that demonstrate just how serious this issue is.
- Abuse occurs in all sports.
- Studies indicate 40% to 50% of athletes have experienced anything from mild harassment to severe abuse.
- Research suggests that sexual abuse in sports impacts between 2% to 8% of all athletes.
- 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way.
- Indicators of possible abuse in sports include (but are not limited to): missing practices, illness, loss of interest, withdrawal and a child performing significantly below his/her abilities.
- Child abuse occurs at every socio-economic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. When people think “not in our school’s athletic program; not in this religious league; not amongst my people; and not on a team in this neighborhood” they contribute to a culture of denial where predators are protected.
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Fasting, K., Brackenridge, C.H. and Sundgot-Borgen, J. (2003). Experiences of sexual harassment and abuse amongst Norwegian elite female athletes and non-athletes. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 74(1): 74-97.
MacAuley, D. (1996). Child Abuse in Sport. The British Journal of Sports Medicine, 30:275-276.
MacGregor, M. (1998). Harassment and abuse in sport and recreation. CAHPERD Journal.
Parent, S. (2010). Disclosure of Sexual Abuse in Sport Organization: A Case Study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. London: Routledge.
For more information and to schedule a Speak Up Be Safe for Athletes presentation contact:
Daphne Young, Chief Communications Officer
Childhelp National Headquarters
6730 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 150 | Scottsdale, AZ 85253