Re-Norming Sport for Inclusivity: How the Sport Community Has the Potential to Change a Toxic Culture of Harassment and Abuse

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  • 1 Albany Law School
  • 2 University of Windsor
  • 3 Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
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Traditional sport norms and gender-based biases that are prevalent in the sport environment, both explicit and implicit, have contributed to a culture where sexual harassment and abuse is commonplace. This article examines how sport tolerates the development of this culture, and more importantly, how practices and polices can be utilized to transform sport’s culture to one that is inclusive and safe. Reform is needed in attitudes and norms towards gender bias and sexual violence that primarily, but not exclusively, targets girls and women in sport and is perpetrated by boys and men. The application of various theories from psychology is recommended as one strategy to rid sport of both a culture of misogyny and of those who resist change to achieve this objective.

Breger is with Albany Law School, Albany, NY, USA. Holman is with the Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Guerrero is with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Michelle D. Guerrero at mguerrero@cheo.on.ca.
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