All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~Edmund Burke
Here we go again...but instead of the USA Gymnastics’ doctor, we can look to something more local…the sexually inappropriate comments and bullying perpetrated by Loyola Academy’s soccer coach of young female athletes. Are we to believe that the coach of Loyola's varsity girls' team since 2004, just started treating the young women this way over the past couple of years? Why did people in positions of authority not act sooner? It was stated that the abuse wasn’t reported by any of the young women until recently, why not? So, for 13 or so years none of the girls came forward about this coach? How many young women over the past 14 years were subjected to his vulgar comments and victimization? It makes one wonder about the culture that these young women didn’t feel that they could speak up. We will probably hear of many more stories from other athletes in the future.
The female athletes were reluctant to come forward due to worries their playing time would be cut and/or that they wouldn’t have opportunities for scholarships. Just imagine how horrible that must have been. The young women were working so hard at their sport and had to listen to his sick comments day in and day out…shameful!
A possible solution might be to hire an independent professional not affiliated with the school, and make it known to the athletes that if they ever had a concern or worry about being treated or spoken to inappropriately they should be seen by the independent professional. Just like the gymnasts that were sexually abused by their doctor, Larry Nassar, these young athletes had nowhere to go.
Read the article here and read about those who should have acted here