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May 4, 2009

Sport's Vicious Cycle of Exploitation

Laura Robinson, who helped expose sexual abuse in Canadian hockey, talks to Gelf about the national game's dark side.

Garey Ris

Sheldon Kennedy spent eight seasons playing professional hockey in Detroit, Calgary, and Boston, but it was the abuse he suffered at the hands of a highly respected junior-hockey coach, not his National Hockey League career, that made headlines. In 1996, Kennedy revealed that he had been sexually abused more than 300 times by Graham James beginning at age 14. When Kennedy came forward, it helped others take that painful first step to disclose they were victims of abuse, too.

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