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Yates report on women's soccer is just the latest sports abuse scandal

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You don’t have to flip through the covers to find out what’s inside Sally Q. Yeats’s damning report on abuse in women’s soccer. —-s, and suffered reprisals from sticky male coaches whom they refused. When they resisted, they had to fear for their careers. Must I read and recite the same infuriating “whole body” cycle?

Gymnastics. swimming. skis and snowboards. Taekwondo. For God’s sake, equestrian. Now our very great national women’s soccer program has an unwanted hand stuck in a player’s pants and up their shirt during a movie session and, judging by this report, is doing the following: Turns out it was a hotbed of mean mean people like Christy Holly. , must clean her traps of grease in the prison kitchen.

“Affected players are not shrinking violets,” former acting attorney general Yates wrote in an executive summary released Monday. half Coach of the National Women’s Soccer League. “They are some of the best athletes in the world. They include members of the U.S. Women’s National Team… veterans of multiple World Cup and Olympic tournaments, and alumni of the legendary NCAA Division I soccer program. In well over 200 interviews, I heard report after report of unrelenting, degrading rants: manipulation of power rather than performance enhancement, and retaliation against those who tried to come forward.”

Yeats’ report differs from all other reports in two important ways. Independent investigator makes clear for the first time that American female athletes are highly reluctant to see themselves as victims and are ‘conditioned to accept and respond to abusive coaching practices’ showed. By 2019, Kris Templess’ rare vocal complaints had fallen on deaf “insensitive” ears, long after the revelations of the Larry Nassar scandal.The national team’s next coach is Riley Despite receiving detailed reports that he persistently and unwantedly sexually pursued Portland Thorns player Meleana Sim, he benched him when she rejected him.

Second, Yates will target the fake front line, the US SafeSport center. SafeSport is a flimsy commodity that the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee desperately sold to Congress in 2018 as a precaution against future abuse scandals. But as Yeats established with breathtaking specificity, SafeSport is another of his cover-ups, litigation avoidance ploys, and dumping complaints into a bottomless pit to camouflage inaction. I’m sorry.

According to Yates’ calculations, SafeSport found some way to impede 1,350 of the 1,509 complaints it received between 2019 and 2020, but took no action. . Only 122 cases reached formal resolutions. One reason, he says, is that SafeSport is so abuser-friendly that the appeals process “cannot even forgive criminal defendants,” he writes Yates. It forces complainants to rehash abuses through multiple cycles and discourages groups such as U.S. Soccer from sharing specific allegations against abusers “even when supported by substantial evidence.” It can be banned. Besides, SafeSport is woefully underfunded. He has only 30 employees to handle 11 million American athletes. it’s not the system. it’s fake.

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Yates’ leadoff point repeats. Women competing in NWSL and US soccer are no wilting lilies. they are soccer players They are elite and achievers. If this is the best way to go, what treatments have been given to those who are not as tall or well-known? Christy Hollys, Paul Rileys, Rory Dameses Number of Young Female Athletes Failing Imagine (Also, it’s been 50 years since Title IX. We have a generation of women who have a firm grasp on the rules and strategy of the sport. Leave the coaching to them and let the men boss the women’s work.) Why don’t you work hard to make it a ?barn?)

Whenever one of these abuse scandals comes to light, those in positions of power feign ignorance by demanding some kind of report. How many more times are we going to do this charade? How many times do the elevators have to be sent back to clean the dirty floors of these sports federations? What breaks the cycle? what is the solution? One answer is to say: It’s not worth it. The odds of her being harassed, assaulted, humiliated, or having her stepped in a dirt bag are 50-50 and the odds of a person in charge not helping her 100% of ”

Our Olympic sport is different from other leagues. These are highly formative activities for the youngest athletes and, more broadly, tangentially define the criteria for how we nurture our potential. They are a kind of youth sports national resource. They also define ultimate success only in his one way of making the national team. This creates an overly imbalanced power dynamic in which every coach along the way can, for one reason or another, create a blockade, attracting potential abusers. It is becoming increasingly important to be led by the right kind of people who are critically vetted. It’s not happening, and no one at the top seems to have answered it.

I have a modest alternative to this. Anyone who wants the prestige, name recognition, and rewards that come from running a national sports governing body must also accept federal consequences and penalties for failing to protect athletes. Congress has embarked on a cleanup of the Olympic system before, and now it’s time to do so again.

Makes it a federal crime for officials of U.S. affiliated sports federations to fail to act on allegations of sexual misconduct against athletes. Yeats’ report found that senior USSF officials, including former president Sunil Gulati and former CEO Dan Flynn, sought to minimize power imbalances in the locker room, including allegations of sexual misconduct with players. We document that we have received multiple reports of exploited coaches. If not bad. Yet officials ignored or dismissed even complaints from Olympians, such as the press.

Next time U.S. sports officials receive complaints and fail to personally direct a rigorous fact-finding, next lawsuit protects commercial companies over athletes, next young woman sends petition email and seeks public protection from the government. The mustachioed, soft and medium sexual cheater who can’t let a Labrador lick it, only to find himself shelved, belittled, or benched while someone at the top rips off his shirt. You should risk replacing your cuffs with handcuffs. To date, not a single person at the top of these cascading abuse pyramids has faced serious legal consequences. All they face is embarrassing reports.