Sign of the change of era: the third convention on sexual violence in sport – the first having been launched by the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu after the revelations of Sarah Abitbol in early 2020 – took place at the National Assembly, in presence of the Ministers of Justice, Eric Dupond-Morreti and National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer.
“ Two years ago, when I organized this first convention a few days after the testimony of Sarah Abitbol, a few years after that of Catherine Moyon-de Bacque and Isabelle Demongeot, I wanted to tell you that we were changing eracommented the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu. You are no longer alone she added, addressing the victims mentioned, present in the room. That’s all I wanted to say on February 29, 2020. Of course, we had to fight, but, two years later, I’m proud of the journey. »
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Fabienne Bourdais, ministerial delegate for the fight against violence in sport, took stock of her unit, which processed 655 reports ” and we have received 30 since the beginning of the year, so this subject is not behind us “. Nearly 70% of cases are closed, “ 200 investigations still in progress “. More than 60% of the aggressors are sports educators, 90% of the charges have a sexual connotation, 54 federations are involved in at least one case, 40% of the victims were under 15 years old. These cases are not all old: A hundred facts date from the year 2020-2021. » « More than 40% of reports come from the federations themselves “, which shows an evolution, as the latter were reluctant at the start to approach the subject.
Among the measures put in place, the Secretary of State responsible for Child Protection, Adrien Taquet, listed a few: checks on the good repute of volunteer workers, who will henceforth have to present a certificate proving that they there is no criminal record, a ” clarification and homogenization of reporting circuits “, the establishment of “ three compulsory medical visits for children, during which the identification of sexual violence will be carried out », and a network throughout the territory of « Pediatric Units for Children in Danger » (UAPED) responsible for collecting the words of children. “ Better prevention, better punishment, better support “, he summed up, emphasizing “ the importance of developing a common culture of protection around our children. Progress has been made, but there are still blind spots, many actions remain ahead of us. »
“I tried to set up a lasting structure”
The upcoming presidential election will cause turnover in political staff, that was the whole point of this third convention, which looks like a testament for the teams in place: “ What will happen afterwards? I’m afraid it won’t continues”, blew the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu. ” I tried to set up a lasting structure, with this cell, I hope that our action will continue… “Counting on the victims to continue the fight.
These, all very moved, took the floor to pay tribute to the action carried out. ” It is important that the announced decisions are followed by action “, recalled the ex-athlete Catherine Moyon de Baecque, who was appointed to the French National Olympic Committee, president of the commission against sexual violence and discrimination in sport.
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” I know thanks to you that I am no longer condemned to life, I know that I will no longer be alone, more abused, more abandoned. The summit is still very far, but we will conquer it. »
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” Speech liberates speech, but above all, today in 2022, it has liberated listening, thank you », said Sarah Abitbol, who created her association the Voice of Sarah. ” We are no longer alone at all, sobbed Audrey Larcarde, victim of his trainer and riding club manager. Today, I am very very well because you are all here, justice has responded, our Minister of Sports is carrying us at arm’s length. »
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“Thanks to Roxana Maracineanu, thanks to Sarah who was heard when we had their backs turned, today the federation reached out to meadded the former tennis champion Isabelle Demongeot. I no longer want to be the one who disturbed the sport, I want to be a source of proposals. My next battle is to fix. “I am proud to see that our work is paying off, our word as a victim is heard, thank you Madam Minister “, underlined Ludivine Malle, victim of her trainer and director of the French roller skating teams, now integrated into the cell set up by her federation. ” We didn’t feel supported at all when we spoke,” testified finally Benjamin and Adrien Ecuyer, two brothers victims of their president of club, and league, of table tennis. “It changed today. Thank you. »