Better late than never : why the USOC took so long to fix a failing system for protecting Olympic athletes from abuse / Alexandria Murphy

Murphy, Alexandria

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio set a record for female participants at forty-five percent and the United States broke its own record from 2012 with 292 female participants out of 555 athletes. However, this increase in female participation has not been without a significant number of sexual misconduct allegations made against adults connected to Olympic sport organizations. The USOC has traditionally claimed that its hands are tied regarding the issue of combatting sexual abuse situations, deferring to these ineffective NGBs to take action. This Comment explains the fundamental issues within the USOC, exploring its history of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse allegations coupled with ineffective methods of removing abuse from sports. This Comment argues that the USOC is in the best position to combat the issue of sexual abuse. Further, this Comment argues that changing the culture of youth sport should begin with the USOC and trickle down to the National Governing Bodies (“NGBs”).

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