Women’s Aid statement on Adam Johnson sentencing

Thursday 24th March 2016

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“Today, footballer Adam Johnson is to be sentenced for engaging in sexual activity with a 15 year-old fan. This case shows the need for football clubs to have joined-up policies around domestic, sexual and child abuse, and to educate around healthy relationships and consent. These issues affect the whole of society, and Women’s Aid wants to work with football clubs to help them respond appropriately to cases as they occur.

High-profile footballers’ actions are always likely to make the headlines. Therefore, when a footballer acts in an abusive way it does have an impact on their supporters, which will include young fans. We need to send a clear message that abuse of any kind is always unacceptable and never the fault of the victim.

Women’s Aid is running the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign to create awareness around abusive behaviour, educate communities, and help those directly affected to access the help that they need. As part of this campaign, we have been working with the Professional Footballers’ Association to provide information on consent and respectful relationships and are working with the Premier League to pilot training delivery to clubs.”


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