Investigation reveals ‘systemic’ pattern of sexual assault and abuse of female professional players in the US.

The survey, released Monday, suggests sexual comments, unwanted sexual advances and touching, and forced sexrepeated against players, especially from the US team.

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After the gymnastics and Larry Nassar affair in 2018, another sport is the target of large-scale sexual assault allegations in the United States. An investigation by the American Football Federation, published on Monday, October 3, points to a practice systemic“of sexual abuse, of which many players have been victims, including some who played in the national team, within the framework of the championship organized by the League (NWSL).

This investigation by former United States Attorney General Sally Yates and the law firm of King & Spalding uncovered “sexual comments, unwanted sexual advances and touching, and forced sexinside women’s soccer in the US. The 172-page report includes interviews with more than 200 NWSL players and details abuse by coaches, as well as manipulation, harassment and retaliation against players who testified .

collective passivity

The investigation established that clubs, league officials and the United States Soccer Federation “repeatedly failed to respond appropriately when faced with evidence-based complaints from players” Y “have not put in place the necessary measures to prevent and address these abuses, even though some leaders have privately acknowledged the need for workplace protection“.

This collective passivity notably allowed a coach with abusive and reprehensible behavior to move from one club to another, preceded by positive references that covered up his misconduct. “Those in the NWSL and USSF who were in a position to correct the situation remained silent, overwhelming investigators. And nobody within the clubs, the league or the federation has demanded something better from the coaches.”

The findings of this investigation are heartbreaking and deeply disturbing.“said USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone, a former US Women’s National Team player who took office in 2020 and launched the investigation a year ago.”The abuses described are inexcusable and have no place in the field, in a training center or other workplace. The Federation is fully committed to doing everything in its power to ensure that all players, at all levels, have a safe and respectful place to learn, grow and compete.“, she added.

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