NO to abuses in sports!

Those who abuse must know that there will be consequences for their criminal actions.

Let's stop them together.
Let's change the rules of the game!

No matter how important and famous a sports figure may be, those who abuse must be punished.

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NO to abuses in sports!

Those who abuse must know that there will be consequences for their criminal actions.

Let's stop them together.
Let's change the rules of the game!

No matter how important and famous a sports figure may be, those who abuse must be punished.

Make your voice heard
Do a good deed!

Your contribution will make a difference.

Donate your 5x1000
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ChangeTheGame is the first Italian association of volunteers against emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and violence in sports.

It was founded by Daniela Simonetti, a journalist and essayist inspired by Paola Pendino, a magistrate of the Milan Tribunal, and Alessandra Marzari, president of the Vero Volley Consortium.

Established in 2018 and duly registered with the National Single Register of the Third Sector, the Association provides legal assistance both in ordinary justice and in sports justice.

It also offers therapeutic support to all victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse within the sports context.

The Change The Game Association, presided over by Daniela Simonetti, includes Paola Puglisi, a lawyer, Alice Fimiani, an athlete, Edoardo Verzotti, the 2004 world rowing champion, and Fabrizia Marrone, a softball champion who participated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

What is abuse
in sports

Child Abuse

According to the data from the Council of Europe, one in five boys or girls is a victim of abuse or violence. Before understanding what happens in sports, we must become aware of a problem that never involves strangers. The perpetrators are part of our daily lives; we need to learn to read the signs, to prevent, to defend those who cannot defend themselves—our boys and girls.

Abuse in Sports

Abuse in sports has particular and specific characteristics due to a context that dramatically lends itself to abuse, violence, and persecutory offenses such as revenge porn and stalking. The away games, common areas, locker rooms, the unhealthy use of mobile phones, the 'gray area' that hides abuse during the learning of an exercise, even a violent and sexist celebration, endanger athletes of any age. A determining factor for abuse in the sports context is often the power imbalance between the coach and the learner.

We cannot move forward without understanding and covering up

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Transparent Administration

During the 2022 fiscal year, there were revenues of €20,825 and expenses of €15,117, resulting in a profit of €5,708, as shown in the budget attached to this report. DOWNLOAD THE 2022 ACCOUNT STATEMENT ON THE SIDE.

Our Statute

Our statute is based on the principles of volunteering and democratic participation. A statute entirely dedicated to children, athletes, to keep them safe, to make them feel protected, to involve them in a global and systemic phenomenon. DOWNLOAD OUR STATUTE ON THE SIDE.

Free Legal Aid

Victims of sexual violence and other types of crimes, including abuse, stalking, corruption of minors, and solicitation of minors, are entitled to legal aid at the expense of the state, even exceeding income limits set for other types of offenses (art. 76 paragraph 4 ter DPR 115/2002). Admission is granted by the judge in favor of the injured parties who establish themselves as civil parties in the criminal process. The application must be submitted to the judge simultaneously with the act of becoming a civil party (usually to the GIP/GUP). It is effective for the entire duration of the process. The attorney providing legal aid must be registered in the lists of defenders admitted to free legal aid.

Manual of Awareness

Mike Hartill for ChangeTheGame

Manual for Coaches and Athletes

Manual for Parents of Athletes

Manual for Coaches and Athletes

Mike Hartill for ChangeTheGame

A Story of Sports and Children

Manual for Parents of Athletes.

Manual for Coaches and Athletes

herd impunity

DANIELA SIMONETTI WINS THE INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AWARD CITY OF COMO.

The first investigation on abuses and violence in sports. Preface by Marco Travaglio, published by Chiarelettere.

“Herd Impunity brings to light facts and events completely unknown to the broader public of the most mafioso and secretive world in Italy, much more than those of politics, finance, and the Church: sports.”

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