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Local Sexual Assault Centre says we need to learn from Scott-Thomas story

Disgraced track and field coach Dave Scott-Thomas has been accused of unprofessional conduct, involving an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old athlete at the school
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Dave Scott-Thomas. USPORTS photo

We need to take action. 

That from the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region in response to the ongoing investigation into a former track and field coach at the University of Guelph.

Dave Scott-Thomas has been accused of unprofessional conduct, involving an inappropriate relationship with a young athlete at the school.

Megan Brown came forward in a Globe and Mail story alleging that Scott-Thomas groomed her for a sexual relationship when she was 17.

TK Pritchard is the Public Education Manager, with our local Sexual Assault Support Centre, he tells the Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS, there are many stories like this in our community and how we respond to it sends a powerful message to those who may be suffering in silence.

"We have a collective responsibility to not turn away from a story like this...there are a lot of people in our community who are also experiencing very similar situations." 

He adds this athlete coming forward with her story, will inspire more athletes, not only in running, but in sport in general to speak up.

"What are we doing to look at sports in our community to make sure conversations like this are happening? What are we doing to make sure that young people have supports, how are we talking about sexual violence and consent in our schools? So, we need to take this, feel it, and feel how hard this story is, and turn that into action in our communities." 

Disgraced track and field coach Dave Scott-Thomas was officially removed from the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame this week.

It is the first time since the hall of fame was created in 1993 that it has removed one of its inductees.

Scott-Thomas was recently fired by the University of Guelph for unprofessional conduct centred around an inappropriate relationship with a former student/athlete that happened when he was her 39-year-old coach.

Athletics Canada is also conducting its own investigation.

with files from Guelph Today

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