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Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story.

Owton, Helen and Sparkes, Andrew C. (2017). Sexual abuse and the grooming process in sport: Bella’s story. Sport, Education and Society, 22(6) pp. 732–743.

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Through a process of collaborative autoethnography we explore the experiences of one female athlete named Bella who was groomed and then sexually abused by her male coach. Bella’s story signals how the structural conditions and power relationships embedded in competitive sporting environments, specifically the power invested in the coach, provide a unique socio-cultural context that offer a number of potentialities for sexual abuse and exploitation to take place. We offer Bella’s story as a pedagogical resource for those involved in the world of sport to both think about and with as part of a process of encouraging change at the individual and institutional levels.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1470-1243
Extra Information: 12 pp.
Keywords: sexual abuse; grooming process; sport; collaborative autoethnography; poems; stories
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 44471
Depositing User: Helen Owton
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 09:47
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 12:24
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