Editors' Selection GJESR: Sexual violence in organized sport in Germany
Das "German Journal of Exercise and Sport Research" (vormals "Sportwissenschaft") ist die traditionsreiche disziplinübergreifende Zeitschrift der institutionellen Herausgeber Deutsche Vereinigung für Sportwissenschaft (dvs), Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) und Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft (BISp). Als vorgezogene erste Editors' Selection im Jahr 2018 wurde der Beitrag "Sexual violence in organized sport in Germany" von Jeannine Ohlert, Corinna Seidler, Thea Rau, Bettina Rulofs und Marc Allroggen ausgewählt.
Der Beitrag ist bis zum 30. April 2018 als free access kostenfrei verfügbar.
Although the topic of sexual violence in sport has gained considerable attention in recent years, prevalence rates of sexual violence experience in German athletes are not yet available. Therefore, the current study aimed to address this by assessing prevalence rates in a comprehensive sample of German elite athletes. Overall, 1529 German elite athletes over 16 years of age from 128 different sports took part in an online survey. Mean age was 21.6 years; 56% were female. Participants were presented with seventeen different sexual violence situations (from sexist jokes to forced penetration) and asked to indicate how often they had experienced each particular situation in the sport setting. Results revealed that 37.6% of the athletes had experienced at least one sexual violence situation in organized sport; 11.2% reported a severe form of sexual violence. Female athletes were affected significantly more often than male athletes, and persons with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual more often than heterosexuals. No significant differences could be found with regard to age, level of performance, type of sports, dis-/ability or migration background of the athletes. These results indicate that sexual violence is a problem that needs to be addressed across elite sports in Germany. Prevention concepts need to be developed and applied across sports contexts