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Sexual violence in skating: an open investigation for “rape” and “sexual assault”


An investigation has been opened for “Rapes” and “Sexual assault” by person having authority over minors, after a report unveiled in August by the General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Sports implicating about twenty skating coaches, announced this Thursday, September 10, the Paris prosecutor’s office.

Identify potential victims

This investigation, opened on September 4 and entrusted to the Brigade for the protection of minors, aims to “Identify and locate potential victims and determine the competent prosecution services” in France for each case, said the Paris prosecutor’s office. This one had already opened at the beginning of February an investigation following the revelations of the ex-skater Sarah Abitbol against her ex-trainer Gilles Beyer, published in “Obs”. She accused her ex-trainer Gilles Beyer of having raped and sexually assaulted her several times between 1990 and 1992.

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Following these revelations, the Ministry of Sports had carried out an administrative investigation with the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research (IGESR). This investigation had revealed suspicions weighing on 21 coaches of the French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG), including 12 implicated for “Acts of harassment or sexual assault”. Of these, three were sentenced in the past to firm or suspended prison terms. Seven other files concerned “Physical or verbal violence”.

“Omerta”

In early August, the Ministry of Sports announced that the IGESR had transmitted the conclusions of its investigation to the courts. “Business volume” identified in the report “Is indicative of reproduced practices and behaviors, which have passed through generations of coaches in the main disciplines of the FFSG”, underlined the ministry, “It is unparalleled internationally”.

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The fact-finding mission scratched the federal functioning marked by “A strong concentration of powers”, who could only “Promote a form of omerta on the suspicions that weighed on coaches and may have led to the absence of disciplinary proceedings”.

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Following the revelations of Sarah Abitbol, ​​the president for more than twenty years of the FFSG, Didier Gailhaguet, was forced to resign from his post at the beginning of February. His lawyers, Me Vincent Brengarth and Me William Bourdon, denounced the “Bias” of IGESR. They deplored that “All of the critics focus exclusively on the person of Mr. Didier Gailhaguet”, to whom he was accused of not having alerted to these suspicions, of which he would have been aware, at least in part.



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