Why Sports and Sex Abuse Too Often Mix

Why Sports and Sex Abuse Too Often Mix

When allegations of sex abuse at Syracuse followed so closely behind the scandal at Penn State, many couldn't help but wonder: How often is this kind of horror taking place?

The answer may be difficult to accept.

Sports, traditionally perceived as an escape from the ugliness of the real world, is an ideal breeding ground for child molesters. Last year, ESPN reported on coaches certified by USA Swimming who molested kids for more than 30 years. In the mid-1990s, Canada was devastated when junior hockey coach Graham James pleaded guilty to 350 counts of sexual assault involving two young players. And in 2004, Colorado girls basketball coach Rick Lopez hanged himself in jail after being accused of molesting three players on his nationally prominent travel team.

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