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S. Korean sexual abuse claims in speed skating

21 Jan 2019 13:57

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/south-korea-sexual-abuse-claims-rock-speed-skating-190121073519082.html
An athletes' group has raised further allegations of sexual abuse in South Korean speed skating in the wake of claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach repeatedly raped her.

A group representing the athletes, the Solidarity for Young Skaters, said it found five more skaters who were sexually abused by their coaches but did not reveal any names, citing privacy concerns.

Representative Sohn Hye-won, who appeared at the same news conference, said one of the alleged victims said she was repeatedly groped by a coach as a teen while training at the Korea National Sport University (KNSU), a powerhouse in producing Olympic athletes.

"During the training, the coach forcibly hugged and kissed the skater, saying he was correcting her posture. Also, the coach demanded her to watch a movie together and have a meal together outside (the ice rink). When the skater rejected his demand, he lashed out at her," Sohn said.

The athlete has since left the sport.


Maybe not as bad as the US gymnastic scandal, but another tale of athletes being abused.

more at http://time.com/5508438/south-korea-ice-skating-sexual-abuse/

Edit - bad spelling.
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23 Jan 2019 07:40

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/23/south-korea-biggest-sexual-abuse-sport-investigation
South Korea’s human rights commission plans to interview possibly thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to allege they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches.

The year-long investigation will cover 50 sports and include children competing from primary schools upwards, Park Hong-geun, an official from the National Human Rights Commission, said on Wednesday.

He said the commission aimed to interview all minor and adult athletes competing for scholastic and corporate league teams in speedskating and judo, which have been marred by sexual abuse allegations.

The investigation, pushed by dozens of government officials and civilian experts, could start as early as next week and could extend beyond a year if needed. It will be the commission’s largest-ever inquiry into sports.
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A group representing speed skating athletes said on Monday there were at least five more female skaters saying they were sexually abused by their male coaches, but did not reveal their names because of privacy concerns. Encouraged by Shim, female athletes in judo, taekwondo, football and wrestling have also accused their male coaches of sexual harassment or assault since.

Experts say abusive treatment of female athletes has long been a problem in South Korea’s elite sports, which are predominantly run by men. Athletes often skip school to compete in athletic events and must live in dormitories, giving coaches often-overbearing control and leaving athletes undereducated and more vulnerable. South Korea has long associated national pride with achievement in the Olympics and other international sporting events, leaving problems overlooked as long as the athletes succeed.


Let's hope for a thorough investigation and a swift cultural change.
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23 Jan 2019 12:58

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/23/south-korea-biggest-sexual-abuse-sport-investigation
Experts say abusive treatment of female athletes has long been a problem in South Korea’s elite sports, which are predominantly run by men. Athletes often skip school to compete in athletic events and must live in dormitories, giving coaches often-overbearing control and leaving athletes undereducated and more vulnerable. South Korea has long associated national pride with achievement in the Olympics and other international sporting events, leaving problems overlooked as long as the athletes succeed.



This, sadly, could be pretty much any country. In fact, I'm pretty sure that this has and is happening in sports in every country and the only ones we will hear about are the ones where people are brave enough to speak out. We can only hope that it emboldens others.
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