Empowering young people in and through sport


Sport Respects Your Rights is a project based at Edge Hill University aimed at promoting awareness around sexual violence, abuse and exploitation in sport. We want to help reduce the stigma around sexual abuse, and promote safe sports to young people.

Available data suggests that 1 in 5 children in Europe are victims of some form of sexual violence. This shocking statistic led to our #STOP1in5 twitter campaign initiated by the rugby league youth group and supported by Survivors Manchester, the Holly Oaks cast, Street Games, NWG Network, the Child Protection in Sport Unit and many others including a huge number of young people and clubs from the rugby league community.

Our youth volunteers have also delivered many awareness-raising workshops and events to peer-groups within the sports community.

If you would like to speak to someone about sexual exploitation and abuse, the Resource tab has a list of established organisations that we recommend.


Our Aims

Our aim is to challenge sexual and gender-based violence, exploitation and abuse through the empowerment of children and young people in and through sport contexts.

We were established in 2013 through a European Union project initiated by the Austrian Sports Council.

Our People

our people

Our programme is led by young volunteers from within the sports community who are committed to preventing sexual and gender-based violence of all forms.

They are able to deliver awareness-raising, activity-based workshops in peer settings.

Who Are We?

who we are

The project is coordinated by Dr Mike Hartill (email: hartillm@edgehill.ac.uk) in the Department of Sport & Physical Activity (Edge Hill University) and closely supported by the Rugby Football League and Survivors Manchester.

We also have a wider network of organisations who support our work in different ways.