Harassment, sexual abuse, and safety of the female athlete

Clin Sports Med. 2000 Apr;19(2):187-98, vii. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70198-8.


Sexual harassment and abuse by authority figures in sports are discussed in relation to how female athletes might improve their personal safety to guard against such practices. The origins of sport research on this theme are traced, and the processes of sexual harassment and abuse are identified. Risk factors for the coach, the athlete, and the sport are presented, and, finally, sources of prevention measures for coaches, athletes, parents, and clubs are provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety
  • Sex Offenses* / prevention & control
  • Sexual Harassment*
  • Sports*