(NEWSER) – In an environment of little oversight, leading swim coaches across the US have taken advantage of a power dynamic to abuse their athletes for decades.
In an in-depth piece at Outside, Rachel Sturtz recounts the story of Anna Strzempko, a former top swimmer who has reported repeated rapes by her coach, to little avail: He has never been convicted, while team and community members turned against Strzempko. "She lost her sport, she lost her community, and everyone thought she was crazy," her mother says. The tale is far from unique: Sturtz notes that just four months' worth of Google alerts for "coach sex" and "coach arrested" prompted stories of 80 coaches involved in abuse over 20 years. And of course, "these were just the cases that made the news."
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