According to a comprehensive report in the Indianapolis Star, there have been 368 cases of alleged child sexual abuse in gymnastics over the past 20 years. The acts were allegedly committed against gymnasts by coaches, gym owners, and other adults who work in and around the sport.The report claims that predatory coaches often move from gym to gym, with the new gyms either unaware of or indifferent towards the previous charges.“It’s just too easy for coaches to keep getting hired and hired and hired,” Nancy Hogshead-Makar — a former Olympic Gold Medal winning swimmer who now chairs an advocacy group called Champion Women — told the Star. “Sexual abuse thrives on the fact that people are embarrassed about the topic, ashamed to talk about it, and they keep quiet about it. And that’s exactly why molesting coaches keep getting hired at the next place. Nobody talks about a coach that is inappropriate with athletes; the coach quietly moves away and gets hired someplace else.”Marci Hamilton, the CEO of CHILD USA, a research and advocacy group based at the University of Pennsylvania, believes that there may actually be as many as three to five times more victims than the Star reported.“I’m sad… Read full this story
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