Preventing Sexual Assault in Sport While Centering Athletes and Athlete Survivors

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60 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 13, 2023

Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran
Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW
Executive Director, The Army of Survivors
Kacey Long
Kacey Long, MSW
Director of Programs, The Army of Survivors

This session will unpack how to develop creative and innovative strategies to create change within agencies where survivors and intersectional advocacy are centered. The Army of Survivors, founded by a group of athlete survivors of sexual assault that was enabled by Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, is an example of such an agency.

During this session, the presenters will utilize cultural affirming and trauma-responsive best practices to demonstrate how survivor led institutions can address reporting systems through innovative and inclusive resiliencies. We will define institutional betrayal, courage, and cowardice as they relate to survivors of sexual violence in athletics. This session will also center preventative methods utilizing evidence-based curriculums that educate institutions on creating consent-based, trauma-informed training environments that protect athletes and prevent institutional betrayal from occurring.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Describe the rationale for trauma-informed and cultural affirming practice to create safe athletic spaces.
  • Examine athletic policies and procedures that lead to the othering of athlete survivors.
  • Identify the basics of institutional betrayal, courage, and cowardice.
  • Recognize the dynamics of trauma-informed care within institutions.
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