Paris (Associated Press)-A year-long French national effort to detect and combat sexual violence in sports has found more than 400 coaches, teachers and others suspected of abusing or covering up such behavior.
Data released by the Ministry of Sports on Friday showed that most victims were under 15 years of age. The so-called abuse includes sexual assault, harassment or other acts of violence.
The Ministry of National Defense stated that 60 people have faced criminal proceedings, more than 100 people have been temporarily or permanently removed from their posts, and other cases are currently under investigation.
The abuse spreads across the country and the entire department, and the allegations are directed against a total of 48 sports federations.
Of these defendants, 96% are men. The ministry said that of the victims, 83% were women and 63% were under 1
After ten-time skating champion Sarah Abitbol stated in the book that she was raped by youth coach Gilles Beyer in 1990-92, she investigated the facts in February 2020. . The preliminary allegations of sexual assault on Beyer are under investigation.
After Abitbol’s allegations, more skaters shouted out, condemning the sexual violence alleged by the coach. The Ministry of Sports has established a special platform for the testimonies of athletes and conducted a one-year hearing.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Abit’s testimony was a “historic moment in French sports”, which raised awareness and prompted the authorities to crack down on abuses. A new law on stricter screening of sports educators (including volunteer coaches) went into effect on Friday, and the French government and sports federations have pledged to respond more quickly and effectively to reports of abuse.