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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

no surprises here

well i guess i am surprised they even half heartedly decided to do something (and i do mean HALF)

USA Swimming Names 36 Who Were Banned For Molesting Female Swimmers

In March, the Women’s Rights section of change.org had an article about the decades-old pattern of male swim coaches molesting female swimmers. The article said that:

A suit filed in California alleges that the the governing body of U.S. competitive swimming has failed to address widespread sexual abuse of young girls at swim clubs across the country. According to the Associated Press, the suit alleges that “more than 30 coaches nationwide have engaged in sexual misconduct with young females, and says there is a culture in competitive swimming of condoning inappropriate relationships between coaches and swimmers.”

This suit has come about in large part because of 1972 Olympic champion Deena Deardurff Schmidt, who, over a 4-year period in the 1960′s, was molested by her coach. When Schmidt reported the abuse to the national swimming organization in the late 1980′s, she was turned aside because of the organization’s rules that a complaint must be filed by an active swimmer or the person would have to find a coach who would back up her story. So her complaint went nowhere..............


stray said...

As soon as allegations start coming from boys, it will be a big deal.

a rose is a rose said...

well that's SO MUCH WORSE (i'm wincing). NO CHILD should be touched. a grrrl or adolescent female or teenaged female is not worth any less than a male. although it is hard to prove by our society