Can these things happen the same way to everyone?
YES, unfortunately, all young athletes can be abused, whether physical, sexual, or psychological, no matter their gender or age. It is important to underline that not everyone reacts in the same way and not everyone can understand what is happening. There is no right or wrong way to react, often the embarrassment, fear, and shame, can lead to silence, denial or ignoring the abuse or it may be considered that what happens is normal, because it happens to other teammates.
The Netflix documentary Athlete A (banned for under – 14s) tells the story of the doctor of the U.S. Olympic artistic gymnastics team, where for many years he abused young female athletes, passing off real sexual abuse as medical treatment. Not all the athletes had the courage to speak out, others were not able, maybe because of their young age and fragility, to understand that those were not medical treatments. Recently there has been a lot of talk about the 15 years old Russian skater, Kamila Valieva who tested positive for doping at the last Olympics. Coaches and management abused her trust, putting her physical and psychological health at risk, to this was added the pressure of the media. The suffering for the situation was clearly visible on her face during her performance, which also suffered on a technical and athletic level.