Sexual Abuse in Sport: A Qualitative Case Study by Helen Owton

By Helen Owton

This ebook is ready sexual abuse in activity, and in particular approximately one girl’s event of long term persistent abuse in recreation. A ‘non-conventional’ strategy is hired to discover the studies of a feminine athlete named Bella who used to be groomed, sexually abused through her male trainer, after which subjected to years of athlete family violence. via a collaborative auto-ethnography procedure, those studies are stated via vignettes and chosen poems looking to contain the reader within the grooming technique of a tender girl athlete, in order that they may well react from the several social positions they at present occupy.
Bella’s tale acts as a pedagogical source in ways in which stimulate moral discussions and improve wisdom of sexual abuse in activity, by way of helping these concerned to raised comprehend their very own ‘field’ and the dynamics of abuse inside of it, with a view to advance potent abuse prevention strategies.

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It’s a very close encounter working in the office with him, which always 34 SEXUAL ABUSE IN SPORT makes me feel nervous; but it’s a nervous excitement, because my instructor, my coach thinks that I’m clever and important. He playfully jokes around and nudges me every now and then and tries to make me giggle. ‘I think that’ll do for today and we can go to the health club now,’ he commands. ‘OK,’ I say obediently. We hop into the car again and he drives us to the health club. He pays for me to enter and we train in the gym.

You’re not trying hard enough! You need to be taught a lesson! ’ I hang my head with exhaustion and stand in the middle of the class. I’m training up for my internationals and Ray’s been telling me that I need to be tougher and stronger. If I want to enter into the senior internationals next year when I’m 16, I need to be pushing myself now. ‘You’re gonna fight Brad’ Ray commands. ‘Right Brad! ’ I go to get water before the fight. I’m confused; I thought he was looking out for me, he was being kind to me, he kissed me goodnight round his house.

As the previous chapter noted, specifically, Leahy’s (2010, 2011) work predominantly employs the perpetrator methodology and bystander effect to understand sexually abused athletes. Perpetrator methodology, for example, is where coaches (as perpetrators) can impose their version of reality on athletes (as victims) and isolates them from potential sources of support within that © The Author(s) 2016 H. 1007/978-3-319-46795-5_4 41 42 SEXUAL ABUSE IN SPORT reality by controlling the psychological environment (through direct emotional manipulation, psychological abuse and the creation of a highly volatile, psychologically abusive training environment) (Leahy 2008, 2010, 2012).

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