Prevention of sexual and gender-based violence in sport: Norman clubs are committed


145 Norman amateur or professional sports clubs have signed the manifesto of commitment to fight against gender-based and sexual violence in sport by which they commit to the prevention and punishment of all forms of violence.

All the clubs seem to agree on the principle: we need actions to prevent and raise awareness against violence in sport.

Sandrine Romagne, president of the departmental rugby committee of Calvados, explains that « banned laptops in the rugby locker rooms and required the presence of two educators at the same time« . She underlines that the preventive actions drain the public since an information meeting, canceled due to confinement, was to welcome 300 people registered. Postponed to next October 13, the meeting of the association Colosse aux pieds d’Argile will also welcome Bernard Laporte, President of the French Rugby Federation.

Reporting any violence, organizing information and awareness time to teach everyone how to detect violence, setting up posters to direct potential victims to a person to talk to: all these points are listed in the commitment charter, signed by the sports clubs. To date, 24 structures in Calvados, including the Stade Malherbe de Caen and the Chemin Vert sports and leisure association (which brings together 1000 members, multisports) and nearly 145 Norman clubs have committed to this process.

These last 10 months, administrative inquiries have been 5 times more numerous than during the last 10 years, because of the liberation of the word and the taking into account of this word

Marine Pelz, Youth and Sport Committee of Calvados

In the last 10 months, administrative investigations for violence have been 5 times more numerous than during the last 10 years, because of the liberation of the word and the taking into account of this word, explained today Marine Pelz, of the committee. of Youth and Sport of Calvados. In 2020, 24 reports of serious events in sport (harassment, hazing or inappropriate behavior) were recorded in Calvados, 4 concerned sexual violence.

You should know that a victim report can be the subject of three distinct procedures: federal, administrative and / or judicial.

How can sports clubs organize themselves to fight against violence?

One of the first commitments of the signatory clubs of the charter against gender-based and sexual violence in sport is to designate a person in charge of this subject in the club. A person who will ensure the implementation of information, prevention and training actions. An identified and identifiable person in whom the child or adult victim can freely confide.

« We try to have a referent per club who is himself trained to take the floor« explains Marine Pel, from the Calvados Youth and Sport committee, »this referent will have all the contacts of external referents, neutral, professional psychotherapists or lawyers« .

We cannot impose a status on this referent, but ideally, I think it would be good if he was an elected representative, a member of the office or the board of directors, a committed person who inspires confidence in families and that is known within the structure.

Marine Pelz

We cannot impose a status on this referent, but ideally, I think it would be good if he was an elected representative, a member of the office or the board of directors, a committed person who inspires confidence in families and that is known within the structure. Not always easy to find, but essential.

« There are still obstacles to free speech « , underlines Marine Pelz, « many victims still do not dare to speak, are ashamed or believe, especially children, that it is their fault. And there is a whole phenomenon, we can speak of a grip in sport, between the educator and the minor he trains and a grip on the athlete who can sometimes really be a barrier to speaking. There is another brake on the club side, even if things are getting better and better, but we still had clubs that had difficulty reporting or being accountable. Unfortunately we see that sometimes even in families, parents who push their children to win competitions at all costs and who can ignore certain abuses. « 

So to promote and support this voice of the victims, the clubs themselves are supported to know from when a behavior is abnormal, when to report, what are the procedures.

The ministry offers documents intended for sports supervisors, such as the short legal guide and the Vademecum to better prevent and better respond to sexual violence in sport. (to read below)



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