From November 26 to 28, 2023, representatives from Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain met to discuss the launch of RISE and the main objectives of the project, followed by the establishment of the project management plan and the signing of partnership agreements.

The RISE initiative focuses on combating sexual violence in sport by adopting a multi-pronged approach. First, it aims to formulate and advocate for a comprehensive framework consisting of policies, guidelines and resources designed to prevent sexual violence. These will be designed for adoption by various stakeholders in the sport community, building on established practices from previous EU projects and supported by authentic data collected during ongoing research studies. Secondly, the project seeks to foster awareness, sensitization and knowledge among individuals and entities involved in sport.

It aims to equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge to prevent cases of sexual violence effectively. In doing so, it strives to establish a safe and secure sporting environment by proactively intervening to thwart potential incidents of sexual violence. Finally, the project aims to educate young people in the sports field, particularly athletes, about sexual violence. It strives to educate them on recognizing risk indicators, taking preventive measures, and understanding procedures for reporting and accessing support in the event of victimization. This comprehensive strategy aims to empower young people and protect them from the dangers of sexual violence within the sporting environment.

The main beneficiaries of these efforts will be the various stakeholders in the sport community. The outputs of this project will encompass a wide range of resources, including research reports, published protocols and policies, an e-learning platform, audiovisual materials, workshops, as well as European forums and information events. These outputs aim to effectively equip sport stakeholders with the necessary tools and knowledge to prevent and combat sexual violence in sport settings.

The project is supported by the European Union’s #ErasmusPlus Program, coordinated by the Cyprus Organization for Social Action and Policy, in partnership with organizations from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Spain and will implement activities in the period 2024 – 2026.

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