Disclosure of sexual abuse in sport organizations: a case study

J Child Sex Abus. 2011 May;20(3):322-37. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2011.573459.


The disclosure of sexual abuse in the world of sports is a process that has not been widely documented. This article presents the results of a document analysis of sport organization policies and interviews conducted with 27 sport stakeholders. The interviews focus on these stakeholders' perceptions of how the disclosure process would unfold if a case of sexual abuse were to arise in their organization and their perceptions of the actual cases experienced in the sport organizations participating in this study. The results reveal several problems affecting the disclosure of sexual abuse in sport organizations.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Sex Offenses / psychology*
  • Sports*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult