'Voice' Project Final Report

Bettina Rulofs, Mojca Doupona Topič, Rosa Diketmüller, Montserrat Martin Horcajo, Tine Vertommen, Jan Toftegaard Støckel, Mike Hartill


The final report describes the structure and goals of the VOICE project and summarizes central findings. A total of 72 interviews were conducted with persons affected of sexual violence in sport. The report presents an overview of the main results of these interviews and provides in-depth insights into the life stories of individual survivors.

For more information about the “VOICE” Eramus+ Projects visit www.voicesfortruthanddignity.eu

    Interpersonal violence against children in sport in the Netherlands and Belgium

    Tine Vertommen, Nicolette Schipper-van Veldhoven, KristienWouters, Jarl K.Kampenfg, Celia H.Brackenridge, Daniel J.A.Rhind, Karel Neels, FilipVan Den Eedeab


    The article reports on the first large-scale prevalence study on interpersonal violence against children in sport in the Netherlands and Belgium. Using a dedicated online questionnaire, over 4,000 adults prescreened on having participated in organized sport before the age of 18 were surveyed with respect to their experiences with childhood psychological, physical, and sexual violence while playing sports. Being the first of its kind in the Netherlands and Belgium, our study has a sufficiently large sample taken from the general population, with a balanced gender ratio and wide variety in socio-demographic characteristics. The survey showed that 38% of all respondents reported experiences with psychological violence, 11% with physical violence, and 14% with sexual violence. Ethnic minority, lesbian/gay/bisexual (LGB) and disabled athletes, and those competing at the international level report significantly more experiences of interpersonal violence in sport. The results are consistent with rates obtained outside sport, underscoring the need for more research on interventions and systematic follow-ups, to minimize these negative experiences in youth sport.

    For more information and download refer to Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 51, January 2016, Pages 223-236

      »Safe Sport« Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen im organisierten Sport in Deutschland

      Dr. Bettina Rulofs & Prof. Dr. Ilse Hartmann-Tews, Fabienne Bartsch, Meike Schröer & Dr. Ingo Wagner

      The study, led by Dr. Bettina Rulofs, found that one third of German squad athletes have experienced some form of sexualised violence in sport. One in nine German athletes experienced severe sexual violence, such as sexual assault and rape.

      For more information and downloads, please visit the Safe Sport Page at the German Sport University in Cologne.

      Download  »Safe Sport« Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen im organisierten Sport in Deutschland