With the establishment of the Sport Integrity Hotline, it has been very clear, in a short period of time, that there is tremendous need this type of service.
Hotlines are seen as a vital tool to help protect those who most need it while encouraging people to speak up about wrongdoing in sport.
Cases of harassment and misconduct in sport are not new. But many organizations find it difficult to implement effective rules to protect athletes and the public.
Sports in general have long practiced self-government while at the same time willingly accepting public funding from governments.
By investigating one's self, those in sport organizations are essentially in positions of conflicts of interest. The fear of addressing misconduct in a transparent manner is the risk of losing a valued coach or diminished team performance, all of which may mean less funding and the loss of sponsorships.
But the longer an unethical or illegal action goes on the more damage it can cause to an organization. And we've seen the damage that can happen when abuse and misconduct is not addressed in a timely manner.
Implementing third-party anonymous reporting hotlines protect a reporter's identity, and allows an organization to learn about misconduct sooner so it can investigate it quicker, thus protecting the organization's reputation and public trust.