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First published: January 1, 2024 - Last updated: January 1, 2024


Authors: Natalie Barker-Ruchti and Valeria Varea

Title: Surviving child sexual abuse in women's artistic gymnastics

Subtitle: 'It's beautiful, because had I stayed in the past, I wouldn't have evolved as a person'

Journal: International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Volume: (Published online before print)


Year: 2023 (Published online: December 6, 2023)


ISSN: 1012-6902 - Find a Library: WorldCat | eISSN: 1461-7218 - Find a Library: WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Cases: Real Victims / Maria, Lucia; Types: Child Sexual Abuse / Sexual Violence in Sports


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- Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper (School of Health Sciences), (Örebro University) - Google Scholar, ORCID, ResearchGate

- Valeria Varea, School of Education, Edith Cowan University -, ORCID, ResearchGate

Abstract: »The USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal raised global awareness about child sexual abuse (CSA) in women's artistic gymnastics. The ensuing media coverage also centre-staged victims' survivorship stories, a process that for many moved from dissociating, recognising and disclosing CSA to feeling comfort when connecting with survivors and accepting CSA as part of their life history. However, scholarship on what survivorship from CSA in sport entails, and importantly, what it means to athletes, is limited. In this article, we frame the survival of CSA using Arthur Frank's socio-narratological conceptualisation of people being able to process the devastating consequences of a lifethreatening and/or a life-altering event, and present the survivorship stories of two former gymnasts, Maria and Lucia (pseudonyms). For these two women, survivorship was facilitated by hearing others' stories of sexual abuse, purposefully facing their CSA experiences and connecting with one another later in life to raise awareness about sexual abuse in sport. Thus, in addition to presenting Maria and Lucia's stories for the purpose of providing CSA victims with a survivorship narrative, we outline and reflect on the role hearing and telling stories have in CSA survivorship.« (Source: International Review for the Sociology of Sport)

  Abstract (p. 1)
  Introduction (p. 2)
  Child sexual abuse in women's artistic gymnastics (p. 2)
  Conceptualising CSA survivorship (p. 3)
  Hearing and reconstructing Maria and Lucia's stories (p. 5)
  Maria and Lucia enter gymnastics (p. 6)
  Maria and Lucia experience CSA (p. 7)
  Maria and Lucia face CSA (p. 10)
  Maria and Lucia re-enter gymnastics (p. 12)
  Reflections (p. 13)
  Conclusion (p. 15)
  Declaration of conflicting interests (p. 15)
  Funding (p. 15)
  Notes (p. 15)
  References (p. 15)

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