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Men, sport, consent: Communicating and promoting respectful relationships


This research is part of a larger project exploring and analysing themes of sexual consent and how individuals (university students, university staff and sports leaders) understand and define the term and when they feel it is a relevant topic to communicate and promote.


This specific research is being conducted to analyse themes of sexual consent and how men in leadership roles in sport understand and define the term, and when they feel it is a relevant topic to communicate and promote. The research aim is to generate a more in-depth understanding of how to promote awareness about and prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence in sport through policies and education.


The methodology is qualitative and interpretative. The methods are in-depth, semi-structured interviews done in person or online and some observation work at sports events. The interviews will be conducted by one member or all of the research team. Participation in the research project is voluntary and data is de-identified. The project uses thematic analysis. The sample is men leaders in various sports in Australia whose organisations are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children, teenagers and adults who participate in sport.


A large focus in the research is on how men leaders in sport discuss existing policies around issues of consent and respectful relationships, and what they feel needs to be included in the future. They are also asked to comment on what positive examples they have seen in terms of respectful behaviours and swift action when issues of bullying, sexual harassment or assault are reported. The research will shed light on how men talk to boys and other men about issues of consent and how these conversations might help educate and raise awareness.

Funding Body

Griffith Sport and Equity Network (SAGE) at Griffith University

Funding Budget

$1,000+ funding from in-kind support (including staff time)

Project start date

December 2020

Expected completion date

December 2022
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