Bill presents guidelines for identifying risks of abuse and harassment
Manaus (AM) – Authored by state deputy Roberto Cidade (UB), Bill No. 419/2023 provides for measures to combat sexual abuse and exploitation in sports clubs and academies. After being approved by the plenary, it awaits government sanction. The importance of the project is reinforced in cases such as the arrest of the coach of the Amazon Volleyball Team in the Under-16 Category, Walhederson Brandão Barbosa, accused by the Amazonas Civil Police of raping more than 10 teenage athletes.
According to the PL, training clubs and sports academies must prepare a protocol to prevent and combat child abuse and harassment, which will be registered with the bodies that provide operating licenses and will be available on their premises.
“The implementation of measures to protect children and adolescents against sexual abuse and exploitation in clubs and gyms is an urgent issue. And this latest case is yet another demonstration of this urgency. Our PL arrives as a reinforcement of the Pelé and Joanna Maranhão laws, which also aim to inhibit these crimes. These legal provisions are fundamental to guarantee the protection of children and adolescents who participate in sporting activities and to punish those who commit sexual abuse and violence. At the state level, the device favors inspection, complaints and, consequently, punishments”, he argued.
According to the PL, the law protocol will contain guidelines such as the identification and assessment of the risks of child abuse and harassment; procedures to prevent and combat child abuse and harassment; policy for communicating and reporting child abuse and harassment; training and qualification of professionals and volunteers involved in sports initiation and practice.
In addition, training clubs and academies must require all professionals and volunteers involved in the initiation and practice of sports for children and adolescents to present a criminal record certificate annually, and training clubs and sports academies must maintain an ombudsman to receive reports of abuse. of children and adolescents, guaranteeing the confidentiality and protection of complainants.
The Ombudsman’s Office must be available to the public on its premises and also have an online reporting channel.
Walhederson Brandão Barbosa, 40 years old, played for the Amazon Volleyball Team in the Under-16 Category and was arrested last Tuesday morning (14), accused of sexually abusing players aged between 15 and 17.
The investigation carried out by the Specialized Police Station for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (Depca) identified more than ten victims of the technician.
According to the police, the coach performed sexual acts against the teenagers with the promise of making them professional athletes on prestigious teams. According to the police, the technician filmed the rapes.
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