Thursday March 19, 2015

Is sexual abuse in youth sports more common than you know?

What happens when the person hired to coach athletes is coercing them instead?

What happens when the person hired to coach athletes is coercing them instead? (Kim Paulin/Flickr)

Listen 16:25

Former Team Canada junior ski coach Bertrand Charest is facing dozens of sex-related charges involving minor-age female athletes. In light of the allegations, guest host Jelena Adzic checks in with Michelle Peterson, a child abuse expert focusing on abuse in sport, and freelance journalist Rachel Sturtz.

The three zoom out to discuss the prevalence of child abuse in youth competitive sports and how our culture's increased pressure on young athletes makes them more vulnerable.

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