Our conversation was powerful and emotional, and it brought back a lot of memories for me. We didn’t just blame people, we talked at a high level about the psychology behind bullying, why it happens, and why nothing is done about it. One of the most powerful moments came when we talked about why nothing is done, and we came to the conclusion that the administrators who know what is going on don’t want to lose their jobs at the school or put their necks out for these kids. It’s shocking and illuminating, but just the nature of athletics we now live in.
Dr. Fraser also wants there to be laws around emotional abuse, and rules for how coaches can get training, but also how they can lose their jobs if horrible behavior continues. Overall, an amazing and intense discussion.
To learn more about athletes and bullying, and to check out her book, go to Dr. Jennifer Fraser’s website at jennifer-fraser.com. To hear the interview: