The Bombshell report details the horse racing authority’s “blind eye” on historic sexual assault cases

A review of the horrific abuse in the Victorian racing industry showed that 88 victims discussed “historic inaction by racing authorities in response to their complaints of sexual and physical abuse”.

Following allegations that jockeys were tortured and abused, an eight-page interim report was released by Victoria’s Racing Integrity Officer, Sean Carroll, suggesting that “cover-ups” were widespread as “grievances were (were) swept under the rug.” “. the 1970s and 1980s.

According to The Age, the report outlines the traumatic experiences of current and former jockeys (including boys), trainers and staff across the racing industry.

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“Numerous survivors of the victims have also spoken out about the historic inaction by racing authorities in response to their complaints of sexual and physical abuse, and have expressed dismay at what they perceive to be ‘cover-ups’ and complaints that have been ‘swept under the rug’ ‘” Carroll said in the report.

“For some, the threat of retaliation is palpable. Many have spoken out about not being given guidance on what to do or where to complain and have simply tolerated the continued abuse.”

Former jockey Dennis Green was sexually assaulted at a stable in Caulfield. His perpetrators have since been convicted, but Green says “a whole generation of kids have been (sic) abandoned by the racing authorities.”

There is a call for more jockeys to speak out about abuse they have suffered in the industry, past or present. Recognition: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

“They’ve just been silent for too long,” Green told The Age.

“You’re dealing with boys, they were kids, it’s underreported, and it’s going to be really hard to get them to talk about it,” Green said.

“I would really ask everyone, mostly boys from my time, (to come forward).

“Other than that, I’m kind of a lonely voice, which I’ve felt. It’s important to me that others validate (what I’ve said) and talk about their experiences.”

Many of the survivors have detailed horrific initiation practices, forced sexual acts, and physical violence.

Earlier this year Racing Victoria released a statement saying they were “interested to know if there were any other historical incidents and encourage any person who may have an unreported experience of historical physical or sexual assault”.

The review, which started in July, will not be completed until the end of March 2023.

“The review is a historic opportunity to ensure that what happens off-track is as important to the integrity of racing as what happens on-track,” Carroll said.

“I strongly encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or witnessed physical and sexual assault and abuse and sexual harassment in the Victorian racing industry to come forward and participate.”

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