Abuse of women by male athletes

Other Names:
Maltreatment of women by men in sports
Exploitation of females by sportsmen

Social scientists and researchers concur that male athletes are more likely to be abusive toward women than other males.


A 1995 survey in the USA and Canada of 252 incidents involving 345 top sportsmen and requiring police intervention, 77 were crimes of violence against women, making this the leading crime among athletes in each major sport.


The sports culture creates negative attitudes towards women, attitudes of superiority which can lead to violence; male athletes and coaches view women with contempt. Elite athletes are encouraged to believe that they are entitled to have women serve their needs.


Counter Claim:

Athletes are expected to have a higher standard of behavior than others. If there is violence among athletes, it is only because there is violence among the population in general.

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 17:33 CEST