Welcome To The army of survivors
Supporting sexual violence survivors in sport
changing society through resources, advocacy, and education
Currently, there is no national organization advocating and supporting child athlete survivors of sexual violence though the number of survivors in this area is staggering. Three out of four American families with school-aged children have at least one playing an organized sport — a total of about 45 million kids (Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 2014). According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), over 8 million high school students participate in organized sports (2018). Over 460,000 NCAA student-athletes – more than ever before – compete in sports at the collegiate level every year (NCAA, 2018). According to Psychology Today Studies report, about 7% of athletes (both minors and young adults) are victims of sexual assault - with elite athletes having higher rates of sexual assault than lower-level athletes. Also, studies indicate females are sexually abused in sports more often than males (Psychology Today, 2011).
These athletes need a voice.
Our organization was created from a group of 40+ survivors of sexual violence. We come for a diverse pool of athletes competing at all levels: gymnasts, divers, runners, softball players, volleyball players, and more. Our unique history allows us to bring awareness to the systematic problem of sexual abuse against athletes; our goal is to end this problem by ensuring all parties are held accountable, creating transparency in reporting, building an environment where athletes do not fear retaliation when reporting abuse, and advocating for change to protect survivors.
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