A year ago, Sarah Abitbol’s revelations in “The Obs” and in her book “Un si long silence” on sexual violence within skating caused an explosion in the world of sport. Today, January 8, Gilles Beyer, the aggressor denounced by Sarah Abitbol, is indicted for “sexual assault” and “Sexual harassment” after accusations from at least six skaters.
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Joined by phone in Miami, the skater says she is “relieved that justice summons Gilles Beyer. Finally ! “. The skater regrets:
“I see that the charges are“ assault ”and“ harassment ”. I have suffered rapes. But it is regrettable, these facts are prescribed. I know that another skater testified to the police, to have been raped by the same assailant. But for her, too, the facts are prescribed. I find it unfair that we cannot be on the victims’ bench, facing justice. I hope that other victims, not prescribed, will come out of their silence. This case once again raises the question of the prescription of sexual crimes against minors. This is my fight today. “
Sarah Abitbol’s revelations prompted the resignation of the President of the French Ice Sports Federation (FFSG) in February 2019, and an investigation by the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu with the General Inspectorate of Education, sport and research (IGESR).
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This investigation revealed suspicions weighing on 21 coaches. Following this damning report, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a new investigation into “Rapes” and “Sexual assault” by person having authority over minor.
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According to the sports ministry, over the past year, 80 federations have been reported. Several are now under investigation.