Kyle Beach has come out as the ‘John Doe’ at the center of the Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse scandal.
Beach, who was the Blackhawks’ 11th overall pick in 2008, identified himself on TSN’s Sportscentre on Wednesday in an emotional interview.
“I’m a survivor,” Beach told TSN’s Rick Westhead.
“I buried this for ten years, eleven years, and it has destroyed me from the inside out and I want everyone to know, in the world of sports and in the world, that you are not alone.”
The Blackhawks on Tuesday released the findings of a damning investigation into the internal handling of sexual assault allegations against former video coach Bradley Aldrich that came to light earlier this year when the player, originally identified only as John Doe, filed a lawsuit against the club.
This week, the organization parted ways with GM Stan Bowman, the architect of its three Stanley Cups in the 2010s, over his mishandling of sexual assault allegations.
The league said it fined the Blackhawks $ 2 million (US) with half the money “dedicated to funding local organizations in and around the Chicago community that provide counseling, training, support and assistance to survivors of sexual abuse and other forms of abuse. “
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With files from Kevin McGran
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