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A group of snowboarders sued the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (Usopc) for alleged sex trafficking of athletes.
The lawsuit filed by three members of the national Snowboard team accuses Usopc and the former coach of the team in this discipline, Peter Foley, of conspiring to participate in the alleged sex trafficking of their athletes, according to a review. LA Times.
The complaint, filed before the District Court in Los Angeles, California, alleges that Foley committed sexual assault against the plaintiffs and other female athletes for “almost 20 years.”
According to the information and statements of the victims’ lawyer Sigrid McCawley, “the system focuses on money and medals. It does not focus on protecting these athletes ”, collected the Los Angeles media.
One of the plaintiffs is Rosey Fletcher, a three-time Olympian and 2006 bronze medalist. The athlete directly accused her former coach and described how she was allegedly sexually assaulted.
“Peter Foley got into bed, snuck up behind me and started putting his hand down my pants and touching me. I was completely shocked.” He said to later detail that on another occasion the coach tried to kiss and take her to a forest to have sexual relations. All this after a competition in which she participated.
According to the athlete, there is no longer any trust from parents towards this type of organism. “The organization is broken. They need to restore trust.”
Regarding Foley, it should be remembered that in March 2022 the Federation fired him after the United States Center for SafeSport suspended him for an investigation against him on sexual abuse in amateur sports.
In 2016, one of the biggest sexual abuse scandals in the United States involving sports erupted after more than 265 women, including former members of the national gymnastics team, accused former doctor Larry Nassar of assaulting them.
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