A Canadian journalist raised the question of why sexual abuse and sexual exploitation is not included in the discussion to end corruption in sports and in the practice of good governance during the plenary session on Tuesday at Play the Game conference.
Corruption comes in all colors and shapes, and while the world of sports is not a stranger to this practice, there are issues not being tackled nor included in reforms to address the prevention and the existence of such, like the crime of sexual abuse.
Laura Robinson, a former bike and ski racer, now writes about indigenous sports, has written several books, the most controversial ones being “Crossing the Line: Violence and Sexual Assault in Canada’s National Sport” and “Black Tights: Women, Sport and Sexuality,”
While a session held on Monday night addressed the topic of sexual assault and exploitation in sports, some journalists and attendees at the conference feel that this topic is as important as other topics given more attention during the conference, such as doping or sports governance.
Although the topics of sports governance and doping have attracted a lot of attention in this first half of the conference, the crime of sexual abuse manages its way up to the discussion of Q&As.
Kevin Nutley, a reporter for Around the Rings, a magazine that covers business and politics of international sport, thinks that sexual abuse is important to address in the sport community.
“That can really ruin a person’s life. We need more agencies, more programs to help victims of these things and help prevent it from happening in the future,” he says.
Watch the video to hear Laura Robinson’s comments on why she raised the question: