The CBC news in Canada has been researching a disturbing trend with youth sports over the past 20 years in Canada. A staggering amount of youth coaches from 1998 to 2018 have been convicted or involved in sexual offenses. The current estimated number at this time is 222 coaches, the majority being men making up 213 of the convictions. Only 9 convictions are related to female coaches so far. The current estimated number of victims is a heartbreaking 600 or more.
The problem is so widespread throughout the entire system as well with convictions coming from every type of sport. The highest amount of convictions come from hockey with 59 convictions and over 80 charges. Soccer has the second highest conviction rate with 27 convictions and 40 charges. This problem, however, goes past the more popular sports, with even sports like badminton and archery having charges reported. The range of sports is everything from bowling, weightlifting, to sailing.
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