After so many revelations, sporting organisations need to look deeply at their histories with child sexual abuse

No Comments

If there was a moment that exemplified the impact of men telling their stories of childhood sexual abuse in elite sport, it was when Adam Kneale said he’d been inspired to share his harrowing experiences at Footscray football club when he read the words of another survivor, former Australian under-19 cricketer Jamie Mitchell.

“I’m at the point of not being embarrassed about it,” Mitchell told ABC Sport.

If there was a moment that typified institutional responses to such stories, it was AFL club Carlton’s reaction to a 2021 ABC Sport investigation that revealed the late John Morice, the club’s Little League coach for half a decade in the 1970s, was a manipulative deviant who had abused many boys placed in his care.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.