ERIC Number: EJ1145768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Reference Count: 16
Sexual Abuse and the Grooming Process in Sport: Learning from Bella's Story
Owton, Helen; Sparkes, Andrew C.
Sport, Education and Society, v22 n6 p732-743 2017
Through a process of collaborative autoethnography, we explore the experiences of one female athlete named Bella who was groomed and then sexually abused by her male coach. Bella's story signals how the structural conditions and power relationships embedded in competitive sporting environments, specifically the power invested in the coach, provide a unique sociocultural context that offers a number of potentialities for sexual abuse and exploitation to take place. We offer Bella's story as a pedagogical resource for those involved in the world of sport to both think "about" and "with" as part of a process of encouraging change at the individual and institutional levels.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Females, Athletes, Athletic Coaches, Case Studies, Power Structure, Teacher Student Relationship, Ethnography, Personal Narratives, Poetry, Self Esteem
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