We are so excited to be hosting our first event in DURBAN on the 27th of May 2021 which coincides with Child Protection week.
Children should be free to participate in sport in a healthy, safe environment free of discrimination, abuse, or sexual violence.
We know from our South African experience and International research, that children’s sport is an occupation that attracts people who may abuse children. The abuse in sport dynamic is largely due to the access that coaches have to children often without other adult supervision.
Sport often involves physical contact with children that is not possible in any other teaching profession. This is the “socially sanctioned deviance in sport” where certain behaviours by coaches are accepted in this context, where it would not be in a broader social context.
Sport allows grooming to take place, often in plain sight, that is the precursor to child abuse by trusted adults. Central to this dynamic is secrecy! We know that secrecy is the controlling element of abuse in general, but in sport, the secrecy is also linked to access to privilege. It must be emphasised that secrecy is the power we refer to in abuse.
wmaca athletes against child abuse is a victim-centric organisation run by survivors of abuse in sport.
We offer, lived experience in strengthening the voice of victims; authentic, practical support and resources to athletes, families and communities affected and effected by abuse and we will be enhancing sporting bodies and governments response to abuse and implementation of their safeguarding initiatives and procedures.
In this complex, often seemingly unmanageable child protection system, wmaca aaca has access to a comprehensive basket of services through the existing WMACA infrastructure and a network of local and international collaborations in the following areas:
Played international tennis in her youth and is still actively involved in the sport. She is an international icon and trail blazer for historical abuse cases having successfully gained 2 rape and 1 indecent assault of minor’s convictions against disgraced tennis player Bob Hewitt in 2015. This led to the abolition of the 20-year statute of limitations in 2018.
She has worked tirelessly, in her personal capacity with Women and Men Against Child Abuse and various other organisations over the past 11 years to bring sexual predators in the sporting fraternity to justice.
She has extensive experience in the lodging and court process of both current and historical abuse cases. Olivia story offers victims and survivors a first-hand account of courage, hope and inspiration and she is a fearless voice for change in the sports world where abuse is rife.
Is a past SA swimmer and winner of Midmar Mile in 1983 &1985. She has served as the Marketing & PR Board Member on KZN Aquatics from 2008 to 2019. Debbie has been the Marketing Director of various South African companies the past 20 years and has extensive experience in building brands, corporate governance, and sponsorships. She is currently fighting her own historical abuse case and is being supported by WMACA.
Olivia and Debbie each bring to wmaca aaca lived experience, a unique set of skills and a common vision to challenge and change the current system to ensure that children are safe to enjoy sport in an environment free of abuse.
We endeavour to offer assistance FREE of charge but that requires assistance. If you would like to assist us any contribution would be greatly appreciated.
wmaca athletes against child abuse
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