AthletesCAN Statement on CBC Investigation into Abuse in Sport

February 11, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) - As the collective voice of Canada’s national team athletes, we know firsthand that sport is a force for good in our country and across the globe. We also understand a hidden culture of abuse exists to an alarming extent, because we’ve experienced it – some of us directly and some indirectly. Some of us experienced abuse as children, and some as adults. Abuse does not discriminate – not in sport, not anywhere. Until we can come together and recognize the harm being done in a fragmented system – predators will continue to permeate our fields, our rinks, our courts, our tracks, our pools, our gyms and our strong sport culture.

We commend CBC Sports for shedding light on this issue and thank all who have worked tirelessly to find the buried facts and share the untold stories.

We have called for and are working with system stakeholders towards a unified strategy to address abuse in sport including the development of a universal policy and code of conduct with standardized definitions and sanctions that span all levels of sport and jurisdictions. We need to implement best practices in training, education and support for all participants, not in silos - as a sport community. To remove barriers to reporting, sport needs an independent body to provide oversight – we cannot move forward in a system plagued by conflicts of interest and institutional protection – the integrity of sport and safety of its participants depends on it.

As athletes, we will continue our push for a Pan-Canadian strategy to fight back against abuse in sport – one that will treat all victims with the same degree of respect and importance. Sport is our house from grassroots to high performance, coast to coast to coast. It’s time to get the house in order. It’s time to invest in safe sport.

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For more information contact:

Ashley LaBrie
Executive Director
613-601-3413
[email protected]

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