The NFL has long been criticized for its handling of players’ sexual abuse allegations.
Now, a new study suggests it is making progress in changing that perception.
Article Continued BelowArticle Continued Underclassmen and former players have been asking the NFL to change its policies on disciplining players for consensual acts of sexual activity with other men.
The study, which was published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, found that in some cases, the NFL’s policies were working.
In many cases, athletes were not suspended for consensual activity with another person, the study found.
But there was a marked difference when the researchers examined the same situations with a younger group of players, and a group that had experienced severe trauma in their lives.
“We found that when the players who experienced severe traumatic events experienced severe disciplinary measures, they were significantly more likely to be found to have committed an act of sexual misconduct by another person,” said Dr. Elizabeth Cappella, a professor of medicine at Northwestern University.
She added that there was also a “difference in the types of punishment for these acts of misconduct and the severity of their punishments” in the two groups.
“These findings highlight the need for NFL leaders to consider the impact of their current policies on young men and young women,” she said.
According to the study, there were a total of 521 athletes who had experienced sexual assault or sexual misconduct in the past year.
Of those, the researchers found that 59 per cent had experienced at least one incident that involved sexual assault.
The majority of those athletes were former NFL players.
In one of the cases, a former teammate of a player who had been convicted of sexual assault was also convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.
The authors of the study noted that the NFL and its players’ union did not have an official policy to address sexual assault, and that the league has been criticized over how it handles discipline in the NFL.
The NFL’s policy for players with serious domestic violence convictions was criticized in March for its lack of enforcement, and its lack and unwillingness to change.
“Our findings suggest that the prevalence of sexual violence among NFL players and former NFL athletes is increasing,” the authors wrote.
“The majority (58 per cent) of the players and 19 per cent of the former NFL members who experienced sexual misconduct reported that they were not sanctioned by the league for such misconduct.
Among former NFL and college athletes, these rates are similar to the prevalence rates of other sexual violence.”
The study also found that of the 721 former NFL football players and 1,853 former NFL college football players, 1,743 had been found to be sexually active by another individual and 1 of those, a high school athlete, had been charged with sexual assault and other charges.
“In all cases, these former NFL or college athletes reported a wide range of sexual behaviors from sexual intercourse to non-consensual sex to sexual penetration, and all were found to not be suspended or suspended for these misconducts,” the study authors wrote, noting that most of the athletes who reported sexual misconducts to the league did not know their former teammates were in their midst.