In 2013, Jameis Winston, then quarterback of the Florida State University football team, was accused of sexual assault.No charges were filed, however, in 2016, the university paid 0,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the victim alleging a violation of Title IX by FSU in handling her complaint.The purpose of these statements is not to demonize sports, but to recognize that sports can create an environment conducive to the recruiting and grooming of victims by a sexual predator.Sports leagues have attempted to subvert the potential for sexual predators to access athletes by utilizing criminal background checks.Risk assessment methodology will be reviewed in the context of factors that contribute to a culture that tolerates sexual assault.Group-level interventions currently being utilized will be reviewed, recommended topic areas to be covered in protocols will be enumerated, and suggestions for systemic and cultural change in the sport domain will be offered.This paper serves to provide an overview of context-specific approaches to pertinent identification and treatment issues.An overview of sexual abuse victim and perpetrator identification will be offered along with a critical examination of prevention programming.
In 2016, former NFL safety Darren Sharper was convicted of multiple charges of drugging and sexually assaulting several women across many cities.
It is then of paramount importance to understand that sex offenders are not a homogenous group that all have the same proclivities, grooming patterns, preferences, attitudes, presentations, etc.
Identifying perpetrators requires understanding the many criminogenic factors that contribute to sexual offending.
He is currently serving a 18-year sentence in federal prison and will have to report as a sex offender when he completes his incarceration.
In contrast, former Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner, received a mere 6-month sentence for a sexual assault conviction on an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity house (see also Abrams, 2010, pp. In all of the cases, there was the opportunity for law enforcement, sports administration, governing bodies, and many other adults to intercede, but for a variety of reasons, they all failed to do so; leaving countless victims in their wake.