Sexual Abuse in Elite-Level Sports

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WNYC reporter Alexandra Starr and Bridie Farrell, a former nationally-ranked speed skater, discuss sexual abuse in elite-level Olympic sports, and what parents, athletes and the leaders of the sports can do to stop athletes from being sexually abused by their coaches and doctors.

@BridieUSA says her story of abuse is the same as so many others...her abuser was really helpful, made her feel like she had a chance...then he molested her multiple times a day for months -- he went on to become president of USA speed skating.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 11, 2018

It's often not until they become adults that victims of child sex abuse come forward to tell their story. In many cases, there is no legal recourse at that point. In NY, for example, you have to be 23 and under. --@AlexandraStarr

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 11, 2018

@BridieUSA says she feels like it's even harder for athletes at the lower ranks to come forward. And she is advocating for a change to the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in NYS.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 11, 2018

@AlexandraStarr says these elite sports "inculcate a mindset that this is all about sacrifice." Here she is (l) with Brian and @BridieUSA (r). pic.twitter.com/SJ2skztBPA

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 11, 2018

@BridieUSA says 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys suffer sexual abuse before they turn 18. Let that sink in.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 11, 2018

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