Silence Breakers: Protecting Youth in Sports

"Abuse of all kinds knows no borders, but will always target young people. Action is needed from everyone. Suspecting or witnessing but not acting, makes those of us in positions of authority either enablers or complicit." - USA Sports Council President,  Alfredo La Mont

Between 70% and 85% of children know their abuser.

About 1/3 of abused children never tell anyone.

Sport can become an empowering and protective environment for children. It is up to adults to prevent abuse, protect children and help to fight impunity - Human Rights Channel

We strongly recommend you check out the video and available toolkits related to the fight against abuse of minors in sport which includes detailed information on how to empower parents and children, train sports professionals like coaches, managers and policy makers, develop codes of conduct, set up child safeguarding strategies for sports structures, activities and events, provide guidance to stop sexual abuse and more:

15 Year Old Turkish Athlete Charged with Doping

On October 24, 2017, a 15 year old tennis athlete was asked to provide a sample while competing in the Republican Girls ITF Women's Pro Circuit. The sample, provided by Zeynep Sonmez of Turkey, was found to contain Modafinil which comes under the WADA Prohibited List. She is ineligible to play in any competition for a period of 12 months. 

When a 15 year old athlete is charged with committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1, who is held responsible beyond the minor themselves? 



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