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Empowering Athletes: Recognising and Combating Sexual Grooming in Taekwon-Do

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

A presentation by Sally Gleaves at the ITF World Championships, Tampere, Finland

The recent ITF World Championships played host to an important discussion on athlete safety in Taekwon-Do. A presentation focused on making the sport safer for athletes shed light on the critical issue of sexual grooming.

The audience was engaged and receptive, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Understanding the Signs of Sexual Grooming

One of the central themes of the presentation was educating ITF members, coaches and athletes about the signs of sexual grooming. By familiarising themselves with these warning signals, participants gained a powerful tool to protect themselves and their peers. They learned to recognise behaviours that could be indicative of an individual trying to establish an inappropriate relationship, and how to respond effectively.

Empowerment Through Education

The presentation not only raised awareness but also empowered participants to take action. Armed with knowledge, they now feel confident in their ability to effect change within their national associations. This newfound sense of empowerment is crucial in fostering a safer environment for all participants in Taekwon-Do. The feedback from participants underscores the impact of the presentation.

Many expressed gratitude for addressing this important issue and providing them with tangible tools to make a difference. The newfound understanding of sexual grooming has sparked a collective commitment to safeguarding the well-being of athletes in the ITF Taekwon-Do community.

A Collective Effort for Safer Sport

The success of this presentation serves as a testament to the power of education in creating a safer sporting environment. It demonstrates the collective commitment of the Taekwon-Do community to prioritise athlete safety and well-being. With this newfound knowledge, ITF members are poised to become advocates for change within their national associations, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the sport without fear or apprehension.

In conclusion, the presentation on making Taekwon-Do safer for athletes by addressing sexual grooming was a resounding success at the ITF World Championships. The participants left with a deeper understanding of this critical issue and a newfound sense of empowerment to effect change. This event marks a significant step forward in ensuring the safety and well-being of athletes in the world of Taekwon-Do.


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