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Twice last year it was made clear that Scottish sports fans do not and will not welcome perpetrators of sexual violence and sadly, it has been left up to them to make their voices heard to have the professional sports teams correct some misguided decisions. However, this issue is not about tackling single instances of sexual misconduct or about individual people being held to account. It is about tackling a culture that perpetuates sexual violence through silent complicity and even at times overlooking serious transgressions in favour of skill. We must aim to change the culture that condones sexual misconduct.


No one should experience sexual harassment or sexual violence therefore we are calling on all Professional sports teams playing in Scotland to:

  • Pledge to input a Sexual Misconduct Policy by the end of 2023

  • As part of this policy, introduce mandatory training for all players, managers, coaches, owners and staff on the prevention of sexual misconduct including the topic of consent. 

  • This policy shall also create clear protocols on how to handle complaints of sexual misconduct and guidance on the appropriate consequences and disciplinary action on players. 

  • Create clear channels to report both external and internal reports of sexual misconduct and liaise with local organisations that specialise in this area to apply clear policies for responding to allegations (whilst also recognising that players themselves may experience misconduct) and provide access to confidential support for internal reporters.

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