Polish tennis superstar Iga Swiatek insists that victims of abuse must be dealt with sensitively, having described the allegations against the Polish Tennis Federation as a «serious matter». Katarzyna Kotula, who currently serves as a Polish parliamentarian, accused PTA president Miroslaw Skrzypczynski of sexually abusing her when she was a 13-year-old junior tennis player.
In his statement to Onet, Kotula described Skrzypczynski as «a sexual predator.» “Behind closed doors, he touched my intimate places, my breasts, my buttocks. Miroslaw Skrzypczynski sexually assaulted me at least a dozen times over three years.
I was a child, 13 years old. He was a sexual predator,» Kotula told Onet.
Swiatek on the allegations against the PTA president
Swiatek, who is now one of the most popular Polish athletes, is also the face of women’s tennis.
Swiatek, a three-time Grand Slam champion, wants to use her position and platform to help people like victims of abuse know that there is someone who wants to hear their story. “I feel that as the current leader of women’s tennis, I cannot remain silent on particular issues.
I remember that I appreciate having the freedom to decide if I want to talk about something or not. When it comes to physical violence or emotional abuse, the most important thing is to think about and be sensitive to the victims.
And when we talk about something that happens, we must first think about them and about everything. I’m trying to do this the best way I can. I am against violence in sports, in tennis, in all disciplines and in everyday life.
That is why I consider the articles about the president of the Polish Tennis Association to be a serious matter. The governing bodies need to determine what happened and I hope they will deal with this case. This is not my role to do the work of government bodies and journalists, since the matter is too serious and it deals with the life and health of people.
What I feel I can do is encourage them to seek help when something bad happens in sports communities and in every situation in life. This may be my role and this is how I can use my influence here: to be a voice that tries to educate and remember that the most important thing is to seek help when you need it, ”Swiatek wrote in a message posted on his Twitter. .