Sexual Harassment in Sports

Sexual harassment has grown in prevalence over the past few years. The number of people that have spoken up regarding their experience with sexual harassment has increased exponentially in the past few years. According to NPR, 81% of women have experienced sexual harassment at least once in their lifetimes. Sexual harassment occurs all over the world, usually in places or situations where it is least expected. One such situation is sports – ranging from youth recreational sports to professional, Olympic level sports.

According to the UN Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women and Girls, “. . . prevalence appears to be higher in elite sports. . . research demonstrates that sexual harassment and abuse in sports seriously and negatively impact athletes’ physical and psychological health. It can result in impaired performance and lead to athlete drop-out. Clinical data indicates that psychosomatic illnesses, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide are some of the serious health consequences.”

Sexual harassment is an issue that has plagued our world for centuries. Offenders will continue to harm people through sexual harassment on various platforms, especially sports. It is our duty, as the future of our country, our world, to limit the reach of sexual offenders as much as possible.

More from Rachel Alexander
International Stats and Methods
Sexual assault is a pressing issue that has been plaguing the world...
Read More
Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.