"Abuse is the willful infliction of injury, pain, mental
anguish, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or
punishment through physical, verbal, emotional
or sexual means.
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal
or physical conduct of a sexual nature."

--The Women's Sports Foundation

About Abuse and Sexual Harassment

Young Skaters at Risk - a series of articles on the dynamics of sexually abusive behavior.

The Women's Sports Foundation has provided position statements on abuse and harassment which skaters, parents, coaches and sports organization administrators may find helpful.

-Addressing the Issue of Verbal, Physical and Psychological Abuse of Athletes
-Sexual Harassment and Sexual Relationships Between Coaches and Athletes

Verbal Abuse

Author Patricia Evans has provided an online resource on verbal abuse, including a special section devoted to verbal abuse in sports.