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Sexual Abuse in Sports

Common Characteristics of Sexual Abuse in Sports

Sexual predators and pedophiles come in all sizes and shapes, making it difficult to pre-determine individuals that might present a high-risk for future sexual crimes.  That said, there does appear to be some common traits witnessed when examining perpetrators, as well as common psychological characteristics pertaining to leadership and group dynamics that play in to the puzzle.

When examining individuals who seem to be able to successfully carry out their sexual deviancy, the following characteristics are often witnessed:

  • They have official titles, including coach or doctor.
  • Beyond their formal titles, these individuals are often revered and recognized for their status and/or previous accomplishments.
  • They are seen as powerful people, potentially capable of making/breaking an athlete’s future career.


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