Weeks after the numerous sexual assault allegation cases shocked the BJJ community, Fight Sport’s Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu announced that new guidelines for addressing misconduct will be utilized in his affiliation.
The guidelines are meant to provide a safe space for any victim or witness of “any sort of misconduct”. This will be done via an independent platform and a hotline number, as Cyborg shared on his social media:
Effective today, all our students worldwide have access to an independent platform and hotline number to report any sort of misconduct, in a safe and anonymous way.
We have also engaged in a 3 year deal with “BMD Gateway” to train and certify all staff and instructors worldwide on sexual harrasment prevention training, discrimination prevention training and code of conduct training through the employee handbook.
This is a small step in the right direction towards enacting the change that our team and our sport deserves.
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This course of action was additionally pushed due to the fact that Marcel Goncalves – former Fight Sports affiliate instructor – was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against a teenage student.
Read more about that case here.