Sports and sexual violence: the end of silence?

A powerful and chilling documentary, “Unsilong silence” is a long journey to free speech by skater Sarah Abitbol, ​​a victim of sexual violence by trainers, and the media of her revelation in the world of sports. Follow the shocking impact on. The evening will be followed by a debate hosted by Julian Bugier and an unpublished “infrared” documentary, “Ice Therapy.” See you in France 2 from 21.10 on Wednesday, May 11th.

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Such a long silence

“I want to get out of it, I want to talk, but I feel very guilty and embarrassed.» ​​»
Behind the girl’s dream of becoming a figure skater, a once-in-a-lifetime hell.

As soon as she stepped on the ice, Sarah Abitbol fell in love with skating. When she won her divisional and regional competitions, she was witnessed by Gilles Beyer, the head of the Club de Francais Volan de Bercy. After that, Sarah and her family moved to Paris. Her new life begins … With trainer Jean-Christoph Simmond, Sarah takes off with her confidence. He soon sees a fierce will to succeed among young girls. She even won a gold medal at the French Espoir Championship at the age of 14. But when Jean-Christoph Simmond has to leave, her dream collapses. “” The coach is someone who is part of most of your family “Sara says, but Gilles Beyer decides to get his promising career back. The young skater believes it again. His mother Martine confesses: At first everything went well … “.
“” at first… “, She repeats with tears …

Such a long silence

Such a long silence

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From dreams to hell
Beyond his extraordinary methods and authority, Gilles Beyer is a recognized and respected trainer who does not hesitate to push his young athletes mentally and physically. And for Sarah, her hell began in 1990 in La Roche Suryon during a summer camp aimed at preparing her for her Junior World Championships. One night in July, while she was asleep, she was visited by Gilles Beyer in her room … ” He started to light me, I have the impression that I’m dreaming, it’s not real … and he goes on, it goes a little further. »The beginning of a nightmare for Sarah who hides in silence. Such a long silence … Returning to Paris, hell continues. His executioner increases sexual violence. “” You rape me in the parking lot, changing rooms, every corner of the link I didn’t know existed “In her book, the skater says, Sarah endured the trainer’s rape in silence for two years, Dirty and embarrassing »And on the ice, chain the waterfalls. The flame has gone out. “” Something is broken in my body and soul. “She says.
At the age of 17, she met her partner Stephen Bernardis on the ice. With him, she forgets this part of her life and rediscovers her passion for skating. Ice cream lovers chained victories as a couple and became French deputy champion and bronze medalist at the world championships. But a few days before the promising Salt Lake City Olympics, Sarah broke her Achilles tendon and her couple was forced to confiscate.
After intensive rehab, they will be European champions again, but Sarah’s heart is lost. The couple breaks up and turns the competition page to become a professional skater.During the acclaimed tourHoliday on ice, Sara feels tired and unmotivated. And with his new companion, ” Image of a flash, an atomic bomb exploding and my trainer coming to my bed “. Sarah was encouraged by her peers to break the silence with her parents, but she has no power to complain.

Such a long silence

Such a long silence

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When the champion breaks the rules of blood in French sports
Sarah escapes to Miami to forget herself and rebuild, but despite her new life, the family’s mother is plagued by the misfortune of knowing that there are still executioners.And that is by looking comfort, A movie condemning the sexual assault suffered by Flavie Flament, who decided to act on Sarah. Flavie Flament contacts her with journalist Emmanuelle Anizon, who initiates her investigation. Everyone knew that Beyer had a “problem,” but he needed to find a victim of another skater to talk to. But silence dominates this little world that protects itself. Sarah still can’t release her speech completely until she finds her courage to engage in her work in 2020. Such a long silence.. The “nuclear bomb” falls into the world of skating. And shock waves aren’t long enough to propagate throughout the sport. Everything is accelerating. Caught in a media storm, Sarah begins speaking on the radio, revealing 30 years of implicit suffering within seconds. Bayer finally recognizes the facts and suspends his obligations. First victory. And not the last. The Minister of Sport, Roxana Malacinea, does not want to stop there and demands the resignation of Didier Gailhage, president of the French Federation of Ice Sports (FFSG). This is followed by collective recognition, a surge of words under the hashtag #Balancetonsport, and athletes who combine all sports finally break the silence. “” My shame turns into pride and this is my best Olympic medal “The one who bravely paved the way says.

Documentary (90 minutes) Emmanuel Anison When Remy Berkel — — production Imagissime (Mediawan) -Co-production with France Television, With the participation of RTS

Broadcast on Wednesday, May 11th at 9:10 pm in France 2
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Discussion by Julian Bugier

Sarah Abitbol’s adolescent rape exposure and the beginning of her career caused a shock wave throughout the world of sports. They helped freedom of speech for some victims. But is this the end of silence? Are some people still silent? What are the roles and responsibilities of the various sports organizations that are supposed to oversee the practice and protect sportsmen and women: institutions such as sports federations, states and the International Olympic Committee? How do you support the victims? But above all, how can this violence be prevented? And how can children and their parents be aware of the risks of violence?

Debate — Presenter Julian Bugier -Realized by Philip Lalman –Manufacturing FranceTv Studio — Set guest Sarah Abitbol, Emmanuel Anison, journalist Obs Documentary co-director, Roxana MaracineanuMinister of Sports, Sebastien BoueilhAssociation colossal statue with clay feet, victim of sexual violence as a teenager, Philip RiotalSociologists and anthropologists specializing in sexual violence in sports, Greg DecampPresident of the French Society of Sport Psychology.

Broadcast on Wednesday, May 11 at 10:25 pm in France 2
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Ice therapy

Marina, Lisson, Camille and Aurea are former figure skating champions aged 16 to 24. They devoted their childhood and adolescence to their practice until they suddenly stopped due to physical and psychological injuries. Today they have to learn to live without skating. The course, hosted by choreographer Benoît Richaud, regains body with ice, skates to understand the past, and tries to express in words what you don’t want to think about. By sharing buried memories, we will escape from loneliness and gradually affirm new desires.

Ice therapy

Ice therapy

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Documentary (60 minutes) Chloe Mahiu When Lira Pinel –Manufacturing Points of the day When Crunchy film -With the participation of France television

Broadcast on Wednesday, May 11 at 11:45 pm in France 2
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