A Creative Writing Case Study of Gender-Based Violence in Coach Education: Stacey’s Story

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Creative nonfiction writing is the literary technique employed in this article to explore insights and assist our understanding of an “alleged” sexual assault in a sport coach education environment. Creative nonfiction employs various narrative tools—characters, setting, figurative language, sequences of events, plot, sub-plot, and dialogue—designed to render the sensitive and controversial elements of sexual assault significant. Readers are, therefore, invited to engage with Stacey’s Story and reflect on the actions of both the perpetrator(s) and the victim. While there are risks associated with the sharing of stories, especially those which are considered dangerous, it is envisaged that Stacey’s Story will be viewed as an opportunity to develop more critical responses and advance our understanding of gender-based violence in sport.

Lewis, Roberts, and Andrews are with the School of Sport Studies, Leisure, and Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom. Sawiuk is with the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, United Kingdom.

Lewis (C.J.Lewis@ljmu.ac.uk) is corresponding author.
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