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Parliamentary questions
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22 January 2021
E-000387/2021
Question for written answer  E-000387/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Alexis Georgoulis (The Left)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Creation of a European prevention, monitoring and intervention body/mechanism in the sports sector

In recent years, sport has become tainted by an increasing number of cases of abuse of power, mistreatment, violence, sexual harassment and even sexual assault(1). Studies show that between 40% and 50% of athletes, both male and female, have experienced some form of abuse, while 2% to 8% have suffered sexual harassment(2). This clearly underlines the need for immediate and targeted countermeasures.

The victims, most of them young or even underage, do not immediately, if ever, register a complaint, mainly because of fears that such a move would backfire on them.

Commission moves to achieve gender equality and counter gender-based violence and the EU strategy to combat child sexual abuse more effectively are failing to address the problem adequately. What the sector needs right now are official dedicated sports watchdog bodies in all the Member States, offering direct, objective, independent and tangible specialist support for victims of abuse. Previous Commission-funded programmes to investigate and identify the problem have now come to an end or remain in force in only a limited number of Member States(3).

In view of this, will the Commission seek to remedy this institutional shortcoming by creating a European body/mechanism for prevention, monitoring and intervention in response to inadmissible practices in sport or will it take other suitable measures?

(1)https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/oct/20/child-sexual-abuse-at-celtic-boys-club-jim-torbett
(2)https://safe4athletes.org/breaking-down-sexual-abuse-in-sport/
(3)https://www.eusa.eu/projects/voice
Original language of question: EL
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