Introduction and Overview

  • Helen Owton


This chapter provides an overview of the book. There is a brief discussion on the prevalence of abuse in sport and the taboo nature of abuse in sport. Following this, a summary of the chapters is provided that explores the experiences of one female athlete named Bella who was groomed, sexually abused by her male coach and then subjected to years of athlete domestic violence. Considerations are drawn regarding the researcher’s role and position in the project. Key features that the book includes are outlined, specifically, the strength of the book which is the voice of Bella as a detailed case study, which is weaved throughout the book to connect readers who can then identify with the stories and personal experiences that Bella shares.


Introduction Overview Sexual abuse in sport 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen Owton
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  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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