Abuse in Gymnastics
Gymnastics creates an environment that focus on achievement and disregards your own sense of right and wrong. Abuse in Gymnastics ranges from emotional, physical and even sexual. In an investigation conducted by www.indystar.com shows how these young children can get put into a unhealthy environment.
Jennifer Sey Former US National Gymnast in a article published in the New York Times talked about her experience from club level as a child all the way to when she was a National icon in the sport of Gymnastics
Age doesn't help most of these gymnasts are still 14 to 16 and fully don't understand... might be confused about whether to speak up for themselves when they've been mistreated or may be scared.
When I was training, I blackened my eyes when I fell on my head on the beam after fasting for three days before a competition. “I don’t coach fat gymnasts” was a common refrain from coaches antagonizing me about my weight.
At one point, I required monthly cortisone injections to limp through my floor routine.After I broke my femur at the 1985 world championships, I had the cast removed early under pressure from my coaches so that I could train for the next national championships. I competed and won, but not without breaking the opposite ankle in the process.
IndyStar previously reported that top officials at USA Gymnastics, one of the nation’s most prominent Olympic organizations, failed to alert police to many allegations of sexual abuse that occurred on their watch and stashed complaints in files that have been kept secret. But the problem is far worse. A nine-month investigation found that predatory coaches were allowed to move from gym to gym, undetected by a lax system of oversight, or dangerously passed on by USA Gymnastics-certified gyms.
At least 368 gymnasts have alleged some form of sexual abuse at the hands of their coaches, gym owners and other adults working in gymnastics in the last 20 years.
USA Gymnastics Dr. Lawrence Nassar faces 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. More than 80 women have come forth, and more coming forward daily
Are women more at risk in areas of society, such as sports, that are traditionally “for men”?