The revelation on the Victoria Derbyshire show by former Newcastle United footballer David Eatock that he was abused by coach George Ormond between the ages of 18 and 21 demonstrates that the abuse is of adults as well as children. This country is facing a tsunami of revelations about a much loved institution which, yet again as with others, has been found wanting.
As the national charity providing emotional support and therapeutic care for adult survivors, as well as a 7/7 webchat, information and advice on our website we urge the Football Association to come clean and not to follow the earlier example of cover-up shown by the churches.
“We now need openness and investigation by all sporting clubs to stop the speculation and establish the magnitude of the issue” said Chief Executive Keith Best. “They must demonstrate that the faith placed in them by parents and sporting enthusiasts to deal safely with those in their charge is not misplaced. Only such thorough investigation, using the police where needed, and transparency in publishing the results will begin to assuage the fears that so many now hold.”
Some 75,000 cases of rape and sexual violence against men are reported every year but, as the report Silent Suffering from the Greater London Assembly shows, probably some 90% of those who have been abused do not come forward through fear of disbelief, ridicule, shame, guilt and other reasons and this can lead to a lifetime of drug/alcohol dependency, self-harm and mental health intervention.
“The cost of not giving appropriate long-term assistance to survivors is enormous both to them and to society as a whole – yet there are few such therapies available” said Keith Best. “That is an issue that must be addressed with urgency.”
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