RALIANCE Experts: New Research on Preventing Sexual Violence in Sport

The Prevention of Sexual Violence in Sport: A Real Game Changer Journal of Interpersonal Violence Special Issue, July 2022 Black background with RALIANCE Logo. A Black female sprinter wearing red and preparing to race.

RALIANCE recognizes the power of sport to be part of the solution to prevent sexual violence – and now there’s a new resource to help leaders in the sport create real culture change.   

RALIANCE partnered with the Journal of Interpersonal Violence to release a special issue focused on ending sexual violence in sport. Now released, The Prevention of Sexual Violence in Sport: A Real Game Changer highlights new expert perspective that identifies gaps in sexual violence prevention in sport and provides recommendations to improve prevention efforts.

For this special issue, RALIANCE convened sexual violence prevention experts, advocates within sport institutions, and researchers to identify opportunities to build prevention capacity, experience, and research. RALIANCE’s work recognizes the power of sport to be part of the solution to prevent sexual violence.

RALIANCE’s David S. Lee is a co-editor of this special issue along with Drs. Keith L. Kaufman, Jeffrey J. Milroy, and Anita Raj. Here are the highlights:

   Lee contributed to “The Role of Theory in the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Sport,” which investigates the role of sexual violence prevention theory in sport. The article explores the sport community’s limited adoption of proven sexual violence prevention theory and the need for more theory-driven research aimed at preventing violence in sport.  

  RALIANCE’s Tori VandeLinde and Lee were co-authors of “Prevention of Sexual Violence in Sport: A Socioecological Review,” a practically oriented prevention study that demonstrates the importance of incorporating a socioecological framework and policy structures into sexual prevention efforts in sport. It also explores the value of engaging peer groups, sport programs, communities, and institutions in prevention efforts.

RALIANCE has written before about the role that sport organizations can play in preventing sexual violence – and in fact we have deep roots in athletic sport. We were founded in 2016 through a partnership between the National Football League and several sexual violence prevention organizations. In 2017, we established The Sport + Prevention Center, which features a multi-pronged strategy to encourage participants, purveyors and facilitators in athletic sport to increase efforts that will end sexual violence.

We hope all of those who believe in the power of sport to effect change will take the opportunity to read this new research and check out these important resources!

RALIANCE is a trusted adviser for organizations committed to building cultures that are safe, equitable, and respectful. RALIANCE offers unparalleled expertise in serving survivors of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse which drives our mission to help organizations across sectors create inclusive environments for all. For more information, please visit www.RALIANCE.org. 

Subscribe to Our Newsletter