Rome. Some ex-footballers in Australia have denounced the toxic environment of sexual assault and harassment in sport.
In an interview with the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the former Matildas striker Lisa de Vana has spoken out about the horrific harassment her former classmates have experienced.
She said, “Have I been sexually harassed? Yes. Have I been bullied? Yes? Outcast? Yes. Did I see things that made me uncomfortable? Yes.”
His stories were confirmed with the support of his former colleague, Elicia Karnavas, and her former manager, Rose Garofano.
Another former player, Raleigh Dobson, stated that she was harassed as soon as she joined the team.
The Football Association of Australia said it was not aware of the incident but announced an internal investigation.
Australia will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
Recently, cases of abuse have been reported in women’s gymnastics and hockey.
The Swimming Federation launched an investigation after a swimmer left the national team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics for the presence of “misogynistic perverts” in the sport.
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