Supporting sexual violence survivors in sport
To bring awareness, accountability, and transparency regarding the sexual violence of athletes at all levels
In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime. Between 25% and 30% of women will experience rape, along with about 3% of men. False allegations range between 2% and 8%. The number of assaults reported has fallen by more than half since 1993, and only six out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.
It took an army of more than 300 women standing together to take down Michigan State University doctor and Olympic gymnastics consultant Larry Nassar. It took thousands of survivors coming forward against more than 300 child sex abusers in the Catholic church for some investigations to begin. It has taken three women to stand against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the nation to take any notice. Survivors of sexual abuse and assault often feel as though their voices aren’t heard. When they do share their truths, support systems are hard to find.
The Army of Survivors is an organization created by survivors for survivors. Our vision is to eliminate sexual violence in sport. We strive to ensure all parties are held accountable, create transparency in reporting, and build an environment where athletes do not fear retaliation when reporting abuse. We advocate for change to protect survivors through resources, and educational development. Athletes are more than a medal.