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One study among 250 sport students in Denmark found that about 25 per cent either knew about or had experienced situations in which a sport participant under age 18 had been sexually harassed by a coach. 64
We’d like to think that we create idyllic spaces for girls to grow and thrive through their participation in sport. We take great pride in our work and the service we do for youth. As programme designers and leaders, we must be honest. Just as girls are vulnerable to gender-based violence in our communities at large, and at home, they are also vulnerable in our sport programmes.
64 . Toftegaard, N.J. (2001). ‘The Forbidden Zone’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 165-182; Nielsen, Jan Toftegaard, Den forbudte zone (The Forbidden Zone), unpublished master’s thesis, Institut for Idraet, Copenhagen, 1998