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Anti harassment

What is harassment in sport?

In general terms, harassment is:

  • Behaviour by one person towards another that is offensive, abusive, belittling or threatening. It is unwelcome and the sort of behaviour a reasonable person would recognise as unwelcome.

Harassment is therefore an important issue for the sport and recreation industry and one that needs to be dealt with appropriately and sensitively.

The Australian Sports Commission developed the harassment-free sport guidelines to help sport and recreation clubs protect themselves and their members. The guidelines can help your club create a safer and more tolerant environment by developing policies that aim to prevent harassment and abuse in sport, and that deal effectively and appropriately with it if it does occur.

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