Sport has been identified as an institutional setting where children and adolescents are vulnerable to abuse from peers, coaches, parents, officials, administrators or members of the medical team.
- High profile cases of young athletes being abused whilst competing have drawn attention to the issue of child protection in sports all over the world.
- A 2023 study of Australian community sport found that 82% of respondents experienced violence in sport as a child. Psychological violence was most prevalent (76%), followed by physical (66%) and sexual (38%) violence. 1
- 408 survivors interviewed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Australia) experienced child sexual abuse in sport and recreation settings. 2
1 Pankowiak, A. et al (2023). Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Violence Against Children in Australian Community Sport: Frequency, Perpetrator, and Victim Characteristics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38(3–4), 4338–4365.
2 Commonwealth of Australia (2017). Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Final Report: Volume 14, Sport, recreation, arts, culture, community and hobby groups.