The Army of Survivors, the only national organization specializing in advocacy for and support of athlete survivors of sexual violence in sports, released its 2022-24 Strategic Plan. The plan details the group’s objectives over the next three years, highlighting its advocacy, educational, and resource development efforts. The strategy will guide the organization as they generate greater momentum for social change and create a safer sports culture for athletes of all ages.
“We are thrilled to release the three-year Strategic Plan for The Army of Survivors,” said Grace French, President and Founder of The Army of Survivors. “This strategic outline is a continuation of the work we have done as an organization over the last three years, and is demonstrative of our commitment to athlete and survivor advocacy. We remain devoted to ensuring all athletes feel safe by pushing for systemic change, providing education, and creating access to vital resources. We are looking forward to building on our progress and seeing our goals reach success.”
Centered around the organization’s vision of ending sexual violence in sports, the plan follows a three-pronged approach, the first of which is advocacy. Advocacy is central to The Army of Survivors’ mission of bringing awareness, accountability and transparency around sexual violence against athletes at all levels. To further this objective, the group will establish an athlete survivor speakers’ bureau to guide programming and advocacy efforts. Additionally, there will be considerable focus on developing and sharing athlete safeguarding policies.
The second pillar of the plan includes providing inclusive, diverse, and trauma-informed education on sexual abuse in sports for both athletes and organizations. In order to ensure the widespread accessibility of educational material, The Army of Survivors will continue to create a menu of virtual and/or in-person trainings.
The third and final piece of the strategy focuses on resources. The organization will prioritize the development of compelling resource material to support athlete survivors and allies in order to generate greater visibility around athlete abuse. These resources will include a power and control wheel for athlete survivors, forums for relationship development between survivors, as well as a guide providing a clear outline of the reporting process for sexual abuse, and what to expect after reporting.
To view the 2022-24 Strategic Report, click here.