tv Documentary RT November 14, 2021 5:30am-6:00am EST
ah, all over the world, people are speaking out. 265 athletes have brought allegations of sexual abuse against larry nasser, the u. s. olympic gymnastics, team doctor. i know now where you really are. a child molester and a master manipulator. more sexual abuse, accusations were raised by a group of shot 3, an avalanche full. the coach of brazil domestics teams has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of young athlete. sexual abuse is rife in all areas of sport, individual and teams. for its amateur and professional sport, athletes are often abused by the very people who help them when metals. she was a hero, he was hired by everybody. so why would somebody believe me? i was just a little girl. she coming along with our colon such
company. irrespective of gender one, the sports person in 7 was sexually abused. when they were under 18, then the price to, to, to retrieve really was, was fall too much. who knew? what makes the mill you of sport so favorable to sexual abuse? is bloomed a fish in nashua all paid off? he li, they'd would see an da sized as could del honda font forklift card ins is tailored to sports indian for irons and photons. talk to them yuki, functional rest, glue, as long as the metal than money keep coming, they don't care. we explored the issue of sexual abuse in several countries and several sports trying to get to the root of the problem and fathom why from governments to the io see, no one seems to be able to stop the terrible damage being inflicted on young people
. ah ah ah our investigation begins in the seaside town of blackpool in the north of england. this is the home of a former star of british books, a full stuart was a premier league footballer and plead for england. he had a successful career o waited a very long time before speaking up about what his coach did to him. one morning in
late 2016 paul read an article in the guardian newspaper in which an ex footballer andy woodward, described how he was abused by his coach as a boy. nothing gets a little bit further in the store. if i, if i upset him in any way, drop me from the team at any point you tell me, you will go and you will disappear and the dream won't happen. i was frightened to death because he had complete power over me. by that stage, it was like a double whammy, and he would try to abuse me sometimes even when my sister was in the same house, it was just like reading my own story, but with somebody else somebody else's name and. and that really resonated with me if you will think really, really hit her
a strong note. and i felt compelled to to speak hope. ah paul was raped by his coach between the ages of 10 and 14. he took us to see the manchester suburb where he lived as a child, the place where the abuse started back. then as soon as the school day ended, paul would spend all his time on the football pitch across the motorway, a few 100 yards from his home. that was where frank roper is. abuser 1st spotted him at the time roper was working as a talent scout. recruiting young hopefuls for a local club. what you used to do is you used to play football games after school again. so the skills and then people like him would come around and look for
players. and he, he approach my dad because he was asking who the father was gonna return. robert took paul on to his team. the assaults began a week later. paul was 10. the 1st time that he sexually abused me, he whispered in my head, but if i tell anyone he would kill my mom and dad and my brothers. and he also said that this is what you have to do. if you want to be a footballer. depending on his mood, so he would sometimes beat meal her been the fingers back because he'd say that my parents didn't love me. i used to take myself away, dreaming that i was playing oh trotted where i wanted to and i could play or wembley wearing flight, and it was my way of almost dissociating. so from what was on to the happen,
i'll became withdrawn. is school marx went from bad to worse. he started refusing to go to school and spent a lot of time in his bedroom. ah listen lunch. happy child. he had been was gone. replaced by a silent teenager who clung doggedly to his dream of becoming a footballer. paul was sexually assaulted, almost daily for 4 years. powerless to free himself from the hold his coach had over him. this syndrome is familiar to sociologists. the child is in an extremely weak position, and then the club is all powerful. the coaches all powerful they,
they will do as they're told otherwise, or they'll be out and. and if you're a sports coach with, with some level of power and influence, then of course you have something to, to manipulate children with because they, they want your endorsement, they want your approval, they want your skills to train them. if you can offer them at glory that they can dream about and if you can offer them success, that is something that that would they would aspire to. then of course, you have an enormous power over them because that's too much at stake to, to say no to your coach. so this produces a very conformist, very conservative attitude amongst the machine boys where they will do as they're told, and they will sacrifice whatever they need to sacrifice to make it into the team. and to stay in the team are all kept quiet so as to stay on the team. but as he got older, he got stronger. late one afternoon when he was 14 rubber was giving him
a live town from football practice in his car. as usual, instead of taking him straight home, he parked in a secluded spot not far away. this was the place when when i just before i was 15 that i decided enough was enough. he made in advance to reach over to me and lean over to me. i pushed him off. i opened the door and just run and run from her home. and he never came back to the house again after that i'd, i'd simply enjoyed enough. you know, for years was a long, long time to, to, to so for on
a daily basis what i was so for paul stewart is far from being an isolated case. in a high level british sport, the united kingdom has witnessed the biggest sexual abuse scandal and sporting history. the one involving the most victims and abusers. it is still ongoing. in late 2016, over a period of several weeks chilling revelations of hundreds of cases of sexual abuse of young footballers were headline news. the scandal was unleashed by a newspaper article. the one that prompted paul stuart to speak out. david con, as a guardian reporter, he was one of the team of journalists who broke the story in the article, published on the 16th of november 2016. and he would word a 43 year old ex footballer who had played professionally at regional level
revealed that he had been raped by his coach between the ages of $11.17. it was obviously a very powerful interview with on the woodward. but i don't think that anybody realised than that it would release the floodgates of so many other people coming forward. me. 4 days later, steve walters, another ex footballer told how his coach had abused him. the following day, david white, a former manchester city player, described how he too had been abused by his coach. more and more victims came forward. in a single week, 6 footballers accused their former coaches in the fortnight after the initial article. 350 footballers spoke out ah, the nation was devastated by their stories. the police squad that dealt with at
ophelia cases was tasked with coordinating all the information. it took the investigators over a year and a half to produce an initial report with their lips, almost $3000.00 referrals that police had purely as a result of the initial sort of public story that i'm the woodward actually made around $300.00 suspects that were identified some were dead, some, there wasn't sufficient evidence to prosecute, but for many the was and some of those trials are still ongoing. now, actually involved around about $350.00 football clubs. all levels of the game speedy. but the next 300 suspects. 350 clubs, 3000 referrals. the country reeled at the figures,
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ah new york, it's really what america is about ah, when our mayor took our place, he was elected because of his campaign on our city, being a tale of 2 cities, the haves and i have not. and those who have not are usually the ones who wind up being buried on hard i. the city is always wanted to forget about hall out. so he wanted to forget about the people who are buried there. just wanted to forget about the fact that there is a potter's field that there was a place where difficult stories are hidden. the fact that we're using inmates to maintain this active burial site, where 1000000 souls are buried. where so much of new york city history is buried is document of the inequality that has existed in the city for centuries.
ah. so what we've got to do is identify the threats that we have. it's crazy, even foundation, let it be an arms race is on, often very dramatic development only personally and getting to resist. i don't see how that strategy will be successful, very difficult time time to sit down and talk with my car til as a sports sociologist, sexual abuse, this is specialist field. he is one of a dozen or so academics around the world. i've been trying to draw attention to the issue for years until the football scandal. no one wanted to know myself in these. andras few like i do sure. a new well the d. c.
a said they built several 1000 to athletes in belgium and the netherlands to partner study published in 2015. 1 study about 4000 x athletes. and they looked all forms of of abuse. and the, the headline find in a was that just over 14 percent of their sample had experienced some form of sexual violence. 14 percent is about one in 7. the evidence suggests that when in 7 athletes under 18 be they male or female experiences sexual abuse. the study use the term sexual abuse and the broad sense of the convention on the rights of the child to mean anything from indecent images to rate. it is massive. i deeply trouble it. but also within that study,
they found that athletes who were non heterosexual identified, their prefers rate, was also higher. they found that to athletes from a minority ethnic background, their prevalence rate was also higher. and they found that athletes at the international level who performed the international level, the prevalence rate for those athletes was, i think, just a 30 percent. so considerably higher than the that the general sample. so simple, an important study in the 1st real robust study we've had in this, in this area. and with the break, del stewart reached the international level in his sport, the level at which almost one athlete in 3 has experienced sexual abuse in $1086.00 . 8 years after he found the strength to rebuff his coach. he fulfilled his dream. age 22. he signed a 200000 pound contract to play for manchester city,
one of the top british clubs in the 198788 season alone. he scored 28 goals. the london club. tottenham hotspur 8 a fortune for him and in 1091, he scored a goal that one has seen the faker. oh had seen fortune and professional recognition. he moved to london with his wife and he had met 3 years earlier. their 1st child was born around then. mm hm. and magazine photographs, paul looks the happiest of men as if he had forgotten the 4 years of sexual abuse. but victory's adulation and wealth, we're not enough to heal the wounds. well, i'll stop it. dinner tobin london, i was parted with teammates and somebody offered me a tablet. i didn't really know what it was at the time, but it was x to say,
no. you, once i took the tablet, all of a sudden the euphoria was just fresh. like nothing i'd ever felt before. much. it was just it just made you so happy. then i got hope tom both actually to say ok. ok. i was just in such a self the stroke mode at the time and the more drink god, the more drugs had, the more i needed to sometimes just normal pain after a year and rehab paul ended his career in football, he set up a small medical communications business and went back to live in blackpool with his wife and their 3 children, frank roper, his abuser,
was never brought to trial. he died of cancer in 2005. he. the police received allegations of abuse by roper from 31 victims. all kept his secret for 42 years. why do most victims keep quiet about their abuse? ah ah, in the suburbs of madrid, a former champion gymnast, describe so sexual abuse, victims locked themselves into silence. glory of the sarah's was an olympic gymnast. it was 36 years before she spoke about
her experience. i live and i haven't hard it's so neat feeling on this mail. they did last, you know, they mathnasium. with my experience in the gym, i was not allowed to look up. i just had to leave you been down to the floor when our a glorious story starts with the little girl who loved sport. got a big grocery my me but you know i, i remember those were the happy days in the gym. i, you know, i was really, really excited about didn't i only thought about being in the gym and work. you know, when i moved out of the 1st you the local club,
i went to the national training center and must have been 11, probably 10 or 11. i think i was just starting to train with, with the coach. the coach was his used car bio, the star of spanish gymnastics. you know, he was very charming. he had been a very good gymnast. we felt very special that he paid attention to us. you know, then now, then this strange thing started to happen. this was very subtle, very, very slow. he isolated us from the rest of our world. he would not allow us to speak with with the boys in the gym, but also with our brothers and sisters. and a sudden our parents are bad ones. he controlled what we 8, he controlled our sleeping. he controlled everything. you know. so
then he started giving us the massage. ah, he and i used to be the 1st one getting to the gym in the afternoon. he would make me work, wait for him, and then in the warm up room that was in the basement, that ranked my him. it felt like my body was there, but i was not. i was, i was dancing with carmen, or de bolero, the rebel. and that's what i, what i did, i had to keep my mind b. c with other stuff. i used to repeat in my mind, my routine over and over and over and over and over again. just not to think for
. busy busy busy monday i couldn't stop the tears and i came out crying. and so my father went after him to the locker room, and i could hear them screaming from outside. and my father came out and he told me, you're not ever coming back here again. he never asked me. i never told you my, i thought this is going with me to my grave. my secret some survivors of abuse will talk about how they didn't want to speak about what was happening because it wasn't just their dream. it was their parents treat and so for many survivors it isn't is often known till the parents of,
of actually died that they're able to feel able to speak about their experiences. they have gloria is one such survivor. she waited until her father died to speak out. in 2012 aged 48, she reported the abuse to the police. in the ensuing investigation, 14 people testified against his use. car bio, several girls he coached alongside, gloria reported inappropriate touching. some like i read martinez. agreed to testify publicly. others such as i'm with dana san jose, who married carbajal, testified in his favor. the abuse had happened too long ago for a car bio to be tried. eventually, an agreement was reached with the spanish gymnastics federation, under which he ceased to be a national coach. at the time, the chairman of the federation was none other than per bios own son. also a former champion, gymnast car by o is denied the abuse and still has
a sizable fan following. he just told me that he loved me. so of course you had, you had this love hate relationship. he was your coach who took care of you and the distance is, is so confusing. you don't at that age, you don't know what's going on. i felt responsible for what was happening to me. i said, you t. i said ashamed. i thought i provoked it because i was pretty so i was now gonna tell my father that i was provoking that or anybody, you know, if somebody had asked me, i would have denied it at that time. and then i kinda as for, she's in spend coin nick, a shaft hat and asked him if my to position once a here, if it's
a when done and a stifled zagging eddies as find photos, good food, figure, wendy's. locker. das ed is unfair to stitch 15 viet von, they can no longer cush, making half went on socially any. go get to stop. that's a surprising. we don't teach children from a young age. what they're right saw. if we did those kinds of things, we might start to erode the vulnerability that they, that these children have. many factors make these crimes easy to commit. and hard to report in sporting context. the power the coach has over the athletes. the fact that they're used to pain on a culture of obedience, parental pressure, shame, and dreams of glory. you might think sporting federations would do their utmost to protect their athletes and punish the perpetrators. had very often they do just the opposite.
some generations deliberately conceal abuse and protect abusers. the u. s. swimming federation is one of the worst examples usa swimming federation is a powerful organization of the 104 metals, one by the usa and the 2016 olympics. 33 were won by swimmers. this is the federation that produced michael phelps, the athlete who currently holds the most olympic titles with 28 metals. to his credit. it has almost 4 100000 members and an annual budget of over $40000000.00. ah, one man is responsible for the success shock. well guess who was executive director of usa swimming for 20 years. chuck walker succeeded in turning
a non profit sporting association into a highly profitable federation. and during the 20 years, when he was executive director, he covered up numerous cases of sexual abuse. ah, we're allowing ourselves to be more efficient quicker with our transactions. but with that comes a trade off. every device is a potential entry point for security in any machine. it's an extension of traditional time. the defenders have always been one step behind the attackers. both for the 1st one becomes option in the offering. it's not a matter of, if it happens, it's a matter of when a
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