Football child sex abuse claims

Tommy Beale, Senior Associate, AO Advocates

Football teams are known for being very male-orientated environments. Players are encouraged to be brave, competitive, and avoid showing any signs of weakness. In this type of environment, it can be very difficult for victims of sexual abuse to disclose what has happened to them. They may worry about how their teammates will react, be fearful of upsetting the team dynamic, or afraid to speak out about abuse by a coach if the coach is particularly well-liked and respected by the team.

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