Allegations of abuse in school basketball: Quebec launches an investigation

This interministerial investigation aims to shed light on this extremely worrying situation in school basketball, according to a press release.

An overall picture of the situation will be drawn up and additional actions to be taken may be due.

The administration, organization and operation of schools and sports organizations concerned will be targeted.

Athletes satisfied with being able to practice their sports in complete safety, in a healthy and respectful environment. It is our responsibility to turn every stone, to shed light on these allegations and to ensure that the mechanisms in place are effective in order to prevent this type of event and to protect the integrity of our young people.specifies the Minister responsible for Sports, Recreation and the Outdoors, Isabelle Charest, in the press release.

The Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, indicates that there is no compromise to be made on student safety within the network.

The Quebec of tomorrow must be able to count on all its talents, and I will never allow such acts to harm the development of the student community.commented for her part by the Minister of Higher Education, Pascale Déry.

Several cases have splashed the middle of school basketball in the past year. A player testified, Friday, to the TVA network, manipulations on the part of her coach at the Rocher secondary school, in Shawinigan, and at the Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, in Longueuil.

Earlier this year, three women’s basketball coaches at École Secondaire Saint-Laurent in Montreal were arrested and charged with counts of sexual exploitation, sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching , notably.

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