WHAT IS HARASSMENT AND ABUSE?
SASCOC has adopted the description of the various forms of harassment and abuse as set out in the
IOC Consensus Statement 2016; Harassment and abuse can be expressed, but not limited to, five forms which may occur in combination or in isolation. These include:
- Psychological abuse;
- Physical abuse;
- Sexual harassment;
- Sexual abuse;
This Policy incorporates the definitions from the IOC Consensus Statement 2016;
Harassment and abuse can be based on any grounds including race, religion, colour, creed, ethnic
origin, physical attributes, gender, sexual orientation, age disability, socio-economic status and
athletic ability. It can include a one-off incident or a series of incidents. It may be in person or online.
Harassment may be deliberate, unsolicited and coercive.
Harassment and abuse often result from an abuse of authority, meaning the improper use of a
position of influence, power or authority by an individual against another person.
All participants are susceptible to being a target of the various forms of harassment and abuse.