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.
Specifically, clinical sport psychologists with forensic training can establish themselves as a critical piece in the call to address and remediate these prominent issues in today’s sport landscape.
The problem of sexual violence in sports sits at the nexus of the subspecialties of clinical psychology, sport psychology, and forensic psychology.
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.
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.
With enhanced media attention to the epidemic of sexual assault and sexual violence in the world of sports, and in particular college sports, an opportunity to address and prevent such acts is presenting for individuals with a unique skill set.
Sports leagues have attempted to subvert the potential for sexual predators to access athletes by utilizing criminal background checks.
Prior to the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University and U. Gymnastics, there has been concern about sexual abuse and assault in sport. Celia Brackenridge captured these issues in her seminal tome , published in 2001.
Before this, former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy and another unnamed player came forward and accused their former coach Graham James of sexually abusing them for years between 19.
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.