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Confronting Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Sport Coaches: A Need for a National Effort

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The world of sports has been riddled with sexual abuse and harassment of young athletes by their powerful and publicly respected coaches (respected for producing performance results) for many decades, across all sports, regardless of sex. While there is no consistently collected data on the prevalence of these transgressions, there is reason to believe that news reports and limited data from national sport governing bodies represent the proverbial “tip of the iceberg”. 

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  • Scott Volkers allegations: Royal commission told ex-swimming coach had positive reviews despite blue card rejections
    Written by ANTONETTE COLLINS

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    Julie Gilbert, Kylie Rogers and Simone Boyce each allege they were abused between the ages of 12 and 14 while swimming in Mr Volkers' training squad in the 1980s and 1990s.

     Mr Volkers was committed to stand trial but charges against him were dropped by the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions in 2002. 

    The commission is examining the response of Swimming Australia and other sports bodies, as well as prosecutors, in relation to the allegations. 

    It has heard that two applications by Mr Volkers for a blue card - which is needed for working with children - were rejected as he was deemed an unacceptable risk to children. 

    Written on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:08 Read more...
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