Coaches, Coach Sex instead of Swimming.
US Olympic Swimmers spend countless hours with their coaches: clocking their speed, perfecting their style of swimming and advancing their craft in an effort to win the gold medal. Unbeknownst to family, friends and loyal swimming fans something tragic was happening and kept a secret. Girls as young as 11 are being molested by the people they trust with their careers and passion the most, their coaches.
Dena Dearduff an Olympic swimmer was touched by her coach for 4 years and the touching began at 11 years old. She admitted she knew it wasn't right but didn't know there was a word for the misconduct that her coach was partaking in on. She never said a word until her later adult years.
Andrew King was an US Olympic swim coach, he trained dozen of girls around the west coast of the US. They believe his molestation with girls began in the 1960's. Some parents believed he was touching girls, but they never spoke out on it and King told the girls if they said something they wouldn't be able to swim anymore. Finally and girl spoke out 14 year of age. He is now sentenced to 40 plus years in jail.
There have be 36 coaches to be caught in the sexual misconduct and most are now in prison severing time. When accepted into the US Olympic Coaching committee, coaches background checks only consist of checking for any criminal history like time spent in jail.There is no investigation on how the parents felt or calling up there previous work employers to hear what they have to say about the coach.
I feel as though this is a sad issues. Preying on children who are so focused on their dream that the coaches know they will do anything, to make it all the way to the gold. Coaches have began to speak out on the coaching committees and are now being investigated, the committee wants to keep the issue a secret and not bring it to the light anymore than it already is. fear of losing sponsors and good reputation.
Why are so many coaches turning to their young student for sex not only in the swimming community, but a scandal just surfaced about Jerry Sandusky at Penn State and Syracuse assistant basketball coach fired for molesting three boys. Its sad that these coaches do not realize how many they are hurting themselves and their families and the victim and their family. How can this every be prevented? Will this sexual misconduct stop or will the cycle continue?