Performance Level and Sexual Harassment Prevalence among Female Athletes in the Czech Republic

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Kari Fasting Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway

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Celia Brackenridge Centre for Youth Sport and Atlete Welfare, Brunel University, UK

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Nada Knorre Czech Olympic Committee

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This article investigates whether there is a relationship between the sport performance level of female athletes inside the sport (at clubs, competitions, or training events) and outside sport (in family or community settings) and the likelihood that they will be victims of sexual harassment. The study sample consisted of 595 women from the Czech Republic and was divided into three performance groups: elite, non-elite/competing, and exercisers. No significant differences were found between the groups in relation to overall cases of sexual harassment, but when their experiences of sexual harassment inside and outside sport were examined, the picture changed. The chances of being harassed by someone in sport increased with performance level, from 29.7% among the exercisers to 55.2% among the elite-level athletes. However, the highest proportion of women experiencing sexual harassment was seen in the group of the exercises outside of sport (73%). This article discusses the prevalence of sexual harassment in relation to the gender order in Czech society.

Kari Fasting Norwegian School of Sport Sciences BOx 4014 Ullevål Stadion 0806 Oslo Norway E-mail: kari.fasting@nih.no Phone: +47 23262405 Fax: +47 23262414

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