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Sexual harassment prevention training in Sport


Sexual harassment, a social phenomenon and gender-based violence offends the victims’ dignity and appears inevitable in sports. The European Union (EU), to promote the European Union’s fundamental principle of equality between men and women, which presupposes the confrontation of sexual harassment, took innovative legislative initiatives. Sport is undoubtedly a means of intra-personal and interpersonal development for children and young people and sexual harassment is deleterious for its growth and sustainment. This MOOC aims to provide education for the elimination of such risks in sport by supporting in practice the Sports Federations and Associations, the athletes, the coaches, parents and all supporting personnel by educating them the with the necessary support and knowledge. Therefore, this MOOC’s philosophy is to provide an educational tool for the prevention, detection and combat sexual harassment in sport.


About This Course

There will be 5 modules in total for 1 week each module, with a total of 5 weeks (25 h). The learning type will be synchronous / asynchronous with pre and post evaluation assessment and some assessments during each module.

The description and aims of each module are presented below:

Module 1: Definition of sexual harassment

  • Define and provide examples of sexual harassment. 

Module 2: Prevention of Sexual Harassment

  • Best practices on prevention of sexual harassment and lesson learned.

Module 3: Reporting Sexual Harassment 

  • Reporting sexual harassment incidents within sport clubs.

Module 4: Investigation and Corrective actions 

  • Establishing response policies and procedures to a complaint of sexual harassment.

  • Information on available victim advocacy services.

Module 5: ISports mechanism – Case studies.

  • Case studies and best practices

Learning Outcomes:

  • 1.    To understand and identify what is sexual harassment and where/how it can occur
  • 2.    To discover the initiatives, rules and regulations developed to prevent sexual harassment in sports
  • 3.    To comprehend the timeline of actions that can be undertaken to combat sexual harassment in sports
  • 4.    To appreciate the ethics, confidentiality and human rights surrounding sexual harassment in sports
  • 5.    To explore best practices and how cases of sexual harassment in sports were faced



Course Staff

Elena Avraam

Elena Avraam holds a degree in Sport Psychology from South Wales University and a Diploma in Psychology from the same university. She also holds a Master's degree in Sport Science with a major in Psychology from Cardiff Metropolitan University and she is a PhD candidate at the Frederick University. Most of her supervised working experience has been at the Sport Wales (Cardiff), where she achieved the accreditation as a Sport and Exercise Scientist (Psychology) by BASES in 2010. Since then, she has worked with athletes in both individual and team sports and has also maintaining an educational role in private Universities in Cyprus. In particular, she has an extensive, multifaceted, high level international professional experience in counselling and performance enhancement psychology. In addition, she has taken part in a large number of seminars and conferences on various aspects of sport psychology.

Panagiota Ioakeim

My name is (Ila) Panagiota Ioakeim and I hold a master's degree of the International European Economic Studies. Since 2005 I deal with European programs, NSRF programs. I am the president of the scientific association European Republic. In my assets I am author and supervisor of more than 40 studies of procurement, provision of services, expediency, sustainability, at the same time author of electronic articles, while I am an instructor in training institutes in the field of Marketing, Tourism Managment, Customer Service, Office Operating Systems etc. Finally, I have been trained in designing and managing human resources and developing a business plan.

Filippos Paganis

Filippos Paganis holds a degree in Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, and is a trainee existential psychotherapist. Since 2018 he has been working as a researcher and trainer in various EU and national projects aiming to combat discrimination against LGBTQI+ people, and train professionals on issues concerning the LGBTQI+ community, in particular on providing inclusive services, with an emphasis on the mental health and health care sector. In 2021 he joined the team of Symplexis and has been involved in projects that focus on combating gender-based and anti-LGBTQI violence/discrimination, building the capacity of professionals to be able to respond to GBV and offer inclusive services, and promoting gender equality and LGBTQI+ rights. He is also a member of the Scientific Team of Orlando LGBT+, the first scientific body in Greece specializing in the mental health of LGBTQI+ people.

Patsiaouras Asterios

Dr. Mag. Phil Patsiaouras Asterios (PhD), is sport psychologist and volleyball coach. Currently he is working as a research fellow (permanent staff) at the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of University of Thessaly, in Trikala Greece. His area of research interests are sport psychology and sport didactic, resilience, and training in team sports particularly in volleyball. Dr. Patsiaouras has published widely on physical education, sport psychology, and high level performance mainly in Volleyball. His work has been recognized through distinguished invitations from international organizations served as a Supervisor in CEV and BVA responsible, as a president of game Jury for international volleyball matches. Since 2015 he is an Expert Consultant for IKY and the Erasmus+KA2 projects in field of Universities and Sports and as a Evaluator for the Research Promotion Foundation’s IRIS, (RPF) for Cyprus (IRID : 49880)

Meryem Tatlıkiraz

Meryem Tatlıkiraz is a renowned advocate for women's rights. She has been involved in activities promoting gender equality and reducing sexual harassment. She has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences and events. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University. She has been actively involved in volunteering for various projects that promote gender equality and prevent violence. She believes everyone deserves to live in a safe and equal society; her volunteer work reflects this commitment. As a volunteer, Meryem Tatlıkiraz has participated in several initiatives to raise awareness about gender-based violence, including workshops, seminars, and campaigns to educate the public about the issue. She has also volunteered for organizations that provide support and resources to survivors of gender-based violence. In addition to her work on preventing violence, she has also been involved in projects that promote gender equality. She has volunteered for organizations empowering women and girls, such as mentoring programs and leadership training initiatives. She has been involved in projects promoting diversity and inclusion in various settings, including workplaces, schools, and communities, since 2013.

Rasim Canatan

Rasim Canatan holds a Political Sciences and Public Administration degree from Ankara University – Political Sciences Faculty and is still working on a master's degree in Social and Political Sciences. Rasim Canatan has working experience more than 16 years in project implementation & management & planning(management cycle), and grants project proposal & Operation Identification Sheet & (ToR) preparation as a Project Coordinator, Project Manager, Researcher, Trainer, Consultant, Technical Expert within EU and National financed grant & technical assistance projects in 36 of 81 provinces of Türkiye. He has mentored and coached start-ups and young and women entrepreneurs, preparing business and strategy plans for Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs). He has been training strategic development plans, coaching, and mentoring for regional sectorial strategy plans (including industry, agriculture, environment, education, finance, sport, and tourism). He has trained as a trainer for PCM modules & preparing the project proposals & OISs, mentoring, and coaching for institutions, universities, municipalities, local governments, associations, foundations, and SMEs.

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