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View Orinigal article BY ANTONETTE COLLINS

Julie Gilbert, Kylie Rogers and Simone Boyce each allege they were abused between the ages of 12 and 14 while swimming in Mr Volkers' training squad in the 1980s and 1990s.

 Mr Volkers was committed to stand trial but charges against him were dropped by the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions in 2002. 

The commission is examining the response of Swimming Australia and other sports bodies, as well as prosecutors, in relation to the allegations. 

It has heard that two applications by Mr Volkers for a blue card - which is needed for working with children - were rejected as he was deemed an unacceptable risk to children. 

Monday, 05 May 2014 13:38

Safe4Athletes Survey Results

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Safe4Athletes Survey Results

Introduction:

Safe4Athletes developed an online survey to indentify current and former athletes and to learn about the type of harassment that may have been experienced over the course of their career. The survey allows for both  the athlete and a parent of athlete to respond.

Aims: To determine if there were any trends across sport, gender and competition level, that identify abuse levels for emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

Methods: The survey was distributed in phases;  the first phase was directed towards personal contacts, via Facebook ( friends and large number of Olympians from around the world), and private communication with contacts that have come to Safe4athletes with experience of abuse in some form in sports.  The second phase included a more public distribution with websites like Huffington Post, Momsteam,  (a focused parent/athlete audience) and the Safe4athletes website.

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Results: 155 participants – 103 Athletes – 52 Athlete/Parent;  Athletes 91 Female and 12 Male. 

More than four years after saying he had nothing to be sorry for, USA Swimming chief Chuck Wielgus apologized to victims of sexual abuse for the first time.

Wielgus has resisted repeated calls to step down as executive director and pointed to enhanced steps to protect athletes as proof that he was serious about eradicating sexual predators from the program.

But he was recently forced to withdraw from the International Swimming Hall of Fame induction class and now acknowledges that he should have done more.

Wielgus started a blog post on the organization's website with two words: "I'm sorry."

Written by: Katherine Starr

The upcoming film “Palo Alto” centers around a 14 year old high school girl soccer athlete, played by Emma Roberts (actual age 22), who gets romantically involved with her high school soccer coach, played by James Franco.  (Movie Trailer click here )

The trailer for this movie begins with scenes depicting the dynamics between Emma Roberts and her teammates, who are openly discussing the obvious attraction that is going on between Emma Roberts (Athlete) and James Franco (Coach).  We see Emma Roberts displaying her shyness and obvious attraction for her coach as she is teased by her teammates.

 The next vignette of the trailer shows a series of boys, the age of the girls, acting out of control and Robert’s frustration with their immaturity when all she wants is a loving mature boyfriend.  This sets  the stage for James Franco to make sexual advances toward Emma Roberts,  while Emma is showing open displays of frustration with boys her own age. Roberts is left vulnerable to be sexually molested by her coach as she sits in her locker alone at school as the coach approaches her. The Coach enters with the narration overlay “I’m older and I know that there aren’t a lot of good things around”. The  coach molests the 14 year old high school soccer player.

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