Story 31

Gender: Female
Grade Level of Event: Club
Sport Played: Volleyball
Your Story: When I was 10 years old my team got a new coach. He was mean and cruel to all the girls, but I feel like he hated me even a little bit more. He called us fat and lazy and we were punished when we lost or didn’t play as good as he wanted us to play. It was normal that at least one girl was throwing up during practice (we even had a rule about cleaning up the throw up bucket…). There were no boundaries and he often came into the changing rooms when were naked or under the showers. It didn’t take long until he also sexually abused me. I don’t know if he did this to other girls, but it seems likely. We went to some adults and said we wanted another coach, but especially our parents were happy with him because we won most of our games. He finally left our club when I was around 16 years old, but I still get flashbacks and panic attacks whenever I play volleyball.