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 Preventing sexual abuse and protecting people

Sport and Citizenship Journal  54

couverture de la revue Sport et Citoyenneté 54 dédié à la prévention des violences sexuelles dans le sport

For the last few years, sport has been confronted with the revelation of a large number of sexual abuse cases, in numerous countries. Sport is the most popular, cultural and emancipating activity in the world, but it is also an environment where sexist and sexual violence can be found in remarks, gestures, professional stances and behaviour. For a long time, this has been ignored, hidden and sometimes smothered, but the public and sporting authorities are now aware of this reality, as the contributions in our special focus show.

Sport can also be used to raise awareness among athletes and train coaches and managers in this area. This revue talks about a project on this subject run by the Colosse aux Pieds d’Argile association, the French Rugby Federation and our Think Tank, in partnership with the National Direction of the Juvenile Legal Protection Service (PJJ) and with the support of the Impact 2024 programme. Using a session of touch rugby to teach about turning around their lives, the project helped to raise awareness among young people in conflict with the law and to train PJJ staff about the problems of sexual abuse. Sport is used here as a mediation tool to build a relationship of trust and to deal with a subject which is difficult for the young people and the professionals looking after them.


Summary :

European News

Emine Bozkurt, Former MEP, Chair of the European Commission’s High-level Group on Gender Equality in Sport
Ewa Kopacz, Vice-president and European Parliament Coordinator on Children’s Rights
Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the institution based in Strasbourg

Special Feature – Preventing sexual abuse and protecting people

Julian Jappert, General Director, Think tank Sport and Citizenship
Sébastien Boueilh, Founder and Director-General of the association Colosse aux Pieds d’Argile
Caroline Nisand, National director of the PJJ
Alice Buensoz, Head of Studies, Think tank Sport and Citizenship
Laëtitia Pachoud, Vice-president of the French Rugby Federation
Mike Hartill, Director of the Child Protection & Safeguarding in Sport Centre at Edge Hill University
Fabienne Bourdais, Director of Sports and Ministerial Delegate for combating violence in sport
Catherine Chenevier, Assistant Director of Security, Animation and Sports Professions and Ethics at the Ministry for Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Ju’Riese Colón, CEO of US Center for SafeSport
Dr Greg Décamps, Lecturer in sport and health psychology, University of Bordeaux
Marie Rabatel, former top-level athlete, president of the Francophone association for autistic women & Adrien Taquet, former Secretary of State for children and families, president of AtypiKal
Catherine Moyon de Baecque, High-Level athlete, chairwomen of the CNOSF’s commission to fight against sexual violence and discrimination in sport
Julie Junquet
, Prevention, Listening and Mediation Centre Lyon La Duchère
Maria Bray, Child protection & Psychosocial advisor at Terre des hommes
Elena Casero, Senior project officer, EPAS
Camille Renard, member of the scientific committee, Sport and Citizenship Think tank

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