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1st Edition

Examining and Mitigating Sexual Misconduct in Sport

ISBN 9780367647032
Published March 4, 2022 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Sexual Misconduct in any environment is a gross abuse of trust and this is no different within the sport world. Examining and Mitigating Sexual Misconduct in Sport outlines systemic and sociological explanations for why sport is a site of sexual misconduct. The authors in the text describe cultural realities and considerations sport stakeholders must acknowledge and be informed of to make sport a more equitable and safe space. Personal narratives from a variety of sport stakeholders, which unveil their lived experiences of sexual misconduct and humanize survivor stories in ways often ignored in sport and society, are shared. Authors offer recommendations to all sport stakeholders to mitigate incidents of and harm done by sexual misconduct.

Guidelines and suggestions for sport stakeholder practices that better protect individuals in sport, address sexual misconduct when it occurs, and mitigate the harm and trauma experienced because of incidents of sexual misconduct are also examined and provided. This book is the first text of its kind to invite sport stakeholders to have open, vulnerable, and honest discussions around a timely topic often minimized, denied and/or ignored in sport.

A ground-breaking new book, Examining and Mitigating Sexual Misconduct in Sport is key reading for any sport coach, sport parent, sport psychology professional, or sport administrator.

Table of Contents

Section 1

1. Calling All Sport Constituents: Exploring Power and Bringing Joy Back into Sport

Leslee A. Fisher and Allison D. Anders

2. Stand Up and Stand Tall: Rethinking Sexual Misconduct in Sport

Robert E. Owens

3. Cisheterosexism and Sexual Misconduct in Sport

Travis R. Scheadler, Bernadette "Bernie" Compton, and Aidan Kraus

4. Grooming and Sport

Stiliani "Ani" Chroni and Anna Kavoura

5. Sexual Misconduct and Epistemic Injustices in Sport

Lindsey A. Miossi and Lars Dzikus

Section 2

6. I Was His Litmus Test: Being Groomed as a Child Athlete

Tanya Prewitt-White

7. Persist: Homophobia in and Survival Through Farm Town High School Sports

Lena A. Bequette

8. 2/7/2016: The Morning I Was Raped

Ellie Arbetman

9. "You’re Not A Good Cultural Fit Here:" Being A Woman in Sports

Sara Erdner

10. Experiencing Same-Gender and Trans Violence in Sport

Jordan Forrest Miller

11. I Couldn’t Stay Quiet

Shannon Mulcahy

Section 3

12. Experiencing Sexual Misconduct as a Student-Manager In Intercollegiate Athletics

Emily J. Tyler

13. Athletic Programmatic Prevention: No More, Not Here, Not Within These Walls

Tess M. Kilwein, Matt J. Gray, and Taylor Stuemky

14. Title IX and Sexual Harassment in Athletics

James H Bemiller

15. Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

Heather Imrie

16. The "Sex Talk" Is a Continual Conversation

Tanya Prewitt-White, Lauren Spirov, and Sarah Malone

17. Moving Forward: No More Sweeping Sexual Misconduct Under the Rug

Tanya Prewitt-White

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Tanya Prewitt-White, PhD is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and trained Survivor Advocate as well as the owner of Dr. Tanya Raquel, LLC. Dr. Prewitt-White is a consultant to athletic departments and organizations as well as an author and social justice activist in sport and society who currently serves as the Association of Applied Sport Psychology's (AASP's) Advocacy Committee Chair.


Leslee A. Fisher, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior Graduate Program at the University of Tennessee, USA. She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and has over 117 publications, many related to social justice and cultural sport psychology.


"Tanya Prewitt-White and Leslee A. Fisher have taken on the ambitious task of illuminating the systemic problem of sexual misconduct in sport contexts, with critical examination of the behaviors of coaches, administrators, athletes, and community members which perpetuate the problem, deter justice for the perpetrators, and hinder healing for survivors. Importantly, the personal accounts of survivors inform and remind readers of the suffering endured and strength realized, evoking both compassion and a call to action to change the problem of sexual misconduct in sports."

Dr. Kendahl M. Shortway, Assistant Professor, Kean University, USA