Seventeen different police forces are investigating sex abuse allegations in English youth soccer, with at least 350 people having come forward to allege crimes, reports The Guardian. As just one example, the Greater Manchester police say they have received reports from 35 alleged victims, and have identified 10 suspects. In the week since launching a helpline dedicated to child sex abuse in soccer, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has received 860 calls.
Andy Woodward, a former player for fourth-tier Crewe Alexandria, first told The Guardian about being abused by convicted sex offender Barry Bennell two weeks ago. Since then, a number of other former players have detailed to the press how they were abused by youth coaches, and each day brings new horrifying revelations.