Combating sexual harassment in sport

A Tempo Livre and the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ) promote on February 12th, in Multiusos de Guimarães, the “Start do Talk” initiative that aims to sensitize the sports movement to combat the sexual abuse of children and young people in the context of sport and call for them to contribute to preventive measures and response to this scourge.

The initiative, free of charge (mandatory registration here), grants credits for continuing education (TD and TEF) and is promoted in collaboration with the Guimarães City Council and the National Commission for the Promotion of the Rights and Protection of Children and Youth (CNPDPCJ).

The “Start to Talk” campaign was launched in Portugal in 2018 and is one of the results of Portugal's participation, through the Government and IPDJ-IP in the joint project of the Council of Europe and the European Commission - “Pro Safe Sport +”.

One in five children in Europe is a victim of sexual abuse, according to information from the Council of Europe. In sport, abuse also happens. It is imperative to prevent and protect children and young athletes from this crime. The recognition of the existence of the problem in sport, as well as the discussion of paths and the implementation of practical measures, is essential to solve it.

Registrations must be formalized by February 10 by filling in the available form here.


Multiusos de Guimarães, February 12, 2020

14h00: Reception of participants Exhibition «Start to Talk»
14:30 pm: Opening session Regional Director - North of the IPDJ, Vítor Dias, President of the Children and Youth Protection Commission of Guimarães - Marta Pinto. Sport Councilor of Guimarães City Council - Ricardo Costa

15h00: Presentation and framing of the Start to Talk Campaign
Guimarães Sports Studies Center / Tempo Livre, Paula Nogueira
15:15 pm: Pause
15:30 pm: Panel: Let's break the silence!

  • Moderation: Guimarães Sport Studies Center / Tempo Livre, Paula Nogueira
  • Technical-scientific commentary: Madalena Oliveira, University of Porto, Psychology and Forensic Sciences
  • Guests:
    - Vítor Ribeiro, Gymnastics Trainer (Guimagym)
    - Sandra Traquino, Physical Education Teacher, coordinator of the Professional Sports Technical course, Santos Simões Basic and Secondary School (Guimarães)
    - Filipe Ferreira, Physical Education Teacher, Karate trainer, sports director and father of two high competition athletes
    - Ana Campos, Captain of the female soccer team 11 of Vitória Sport Clube

17h00: Presentation of the training kit - Inácio Anjos, Senior Technician at DRN / IPDJ
17:20 pm: Closing session - President of Tempo Livre, Amadeu Portilha

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