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Sexual Predators Abuse Children Under The Guise Of Sporting Activity

Historically, coaches and instructors have been taking advantage of children`s vulnerabilities in order to groom and abuse them, a new report revealed.

Historically, coaches and instructors have been taking advantage of children`s vulnerabilities in order to groom and abuse them, a new report revealed.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Abuse and its Truth Project initiative, released a study which examines the accounts of nine victims and survivors who played different sports, including football, boxing and gymnastics, between the 1950s and 2010s.

The sexual predators would make use of comprehensive sexually abusive conduct to abuse the victims, all in the name of sporting activity.

In a statement to the Truth Project, a participant in the study said: “Say you’d be on any sort of residential trip, they’d be running in showers, taking pictures of the children naked, whilst they were having a shower. And it was all done out of like a laugh and joke.”

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The study also analysed how grooming was used to earn the trust of the victims of abuse. The sexual predators offered gifts and trips away to victims as privileges or rewards within the sports club.

Another survivor said: “As much as he was abusing me, he’d then put me in positions of power. So, I’d go to conferences, and he’d turn up and he was going to that conference. You know, always had me in his sights.”

A principal researcher of the Independent Inquiry into the Child Abuse, stated that it is “clear” that the inability to speak out, together with the fear of not being believed, acted as obstacles to children making abuse reports.

Mr Stewart said: “It’s important that survivors have the opportunity to come forward if they wish to do so, and the Truth Project provides that place to share an experience, free from judgement.

“I hope this report can help to contribute to a more open conversation about abuse in sport at all levels, and shines a light on experiences like mine. We need to ensure the words that survivors have shared with the Truth Project are learnt from, and listened to.”

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Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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