When I chose to tell my story was because I thought this is not just about me, ” says Tor Solbakken.
He is one of four who stood up and told about the abuse several athletes from friidrettslaget Clean-Meadow was exposed to from the 1970s up to 2011.
Now can openness lead to research to prevent that several of them are prone to the same.
Need better research
Norway’s sports federations, each month, between four and ten inquiries from people who tell stories about various forms of sexual harassment.
sports federation now wants more research about abuse in the sport, since it so far is researched a little on it.
We do not need research on that it happens, we know. But we need to get the knowledge how it can be avoided, ” says the advisor of the sports federation Håvard Øvregård.
at-risk groups: Adviser in Norway’s sports federations, Håvard Øvregård would like to have more research on which groups are most often subjected to abuse in the sport.
Now supports the federation and save the Children, an application from the College in the Inland areas, which will conduct research on gråsoneproblematikk in the sport. The college search for the initiative from the Tor Solbakken.
He is working on the section for sport and physical education at the College.
Will not scare
For Solbakken, it is important that forskninga aims to prevent abuse in sport. That knowledge can provide a basis for working towards coaches, athletes and parents to create clear understanding of what is acceptable, and what isn’t.
But, he is also looking for facts and knowledge, not intimidation.
If the stories always go on the worst grenseoverskridelsene is it difficult to get on, ” he says.
Solbakken’s initiative has thus led to a College in the Hinterland (HINN) is now seeking financial support for a research project.
Ulrika Håkansson at the Department of psychology at the HINN has the responsibility.
It is rare that the abuse happens when you meet for the first time. Infringements of the border, to be developed over time, ” she says.
gray area: Researcher Ulrika Håkansson at the College in the Inland will now find out how one can prevent that the relationship between coach and athlete may lead to abuse.
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Håkansson believes that it is demanding that the one in sports can get so close to the utøveres bodies that it can be difficult to say when the limit is exceeded. It can also be perceived differently for the individual child, the individual trainer, and in various sports.
to find out of it will enable researchers to meet children and young people who are active in the sport now. They will also face adults who were sexually abused when they were young.
And they want to talk with adults who have been accused of uønska behavior.
the Sport is very good for the mental health of most, but it is also a place where very many children are experiencing just this, ” she says.
Tor Solbakken and the others who appeared in the podcast “Coach and the perpetrator” has received a lot of feedback from people. Both in and outside the sport.
What is positive is that the feedback largely is about that the case is lifted in a way that makes it understandable what abuse is. It is a very good starting point to work on, ” says Tor Solbakken.
TRIGGERED MUCH: Tor Solbakken has made a sketch of the various projects that are set in the time after he was one of those who stood out in the documentary, the Trainer and the perpetrator.
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