November 27, 2021

“We must speak so that shame changes sides”

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An “omerta” in the world of sport around sexual violence against minors. On Wednesday, the daily L’Équipe, relayed testimonies from several sportswomen – swimmers, skaters, tennis players. All accuse their former coaches of having sexually assaulted them in their youth. The skater, Sarah Abitbol accuses her former coach, Gilles Beyer of sexual assault and rape between 1990 and 1992, when she was 15 years old. She also released a book on this subject: “Un si long silence” Plon.

“Everyone realizes that it is a real subject today in sport […] We must also talk about these subjects that disturb “greeted the Minister of Sport, Roxana Maracineanu, questioned by Public Senate, speaking of a real” shock wave “.

A month earlier, the Special Envoy magazine and the investigative media Disclose had already worked on 77 cases of sexual abuse having claimed 276 victims in 28 different disciplines (athletics, gymnastics, judo, swimming, table tennis …) .

“We already knew, before launching this mission, that the world of sport was concerned”

Last year, a Senate fact-finding mission on sexual violence against minors also worked on this subject. “We already knew, before launching this mission, that the sports community was concerned. It is a favorable environment because the coach can have a very strong mental hold on a child and even on his parents, especially when he promises that he will take him to an extraordinary level of performance ”relates Catherine Deroche, president LR of the fact-finding mission.

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