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Former French tennis player Angelique Cauchy has made headlines in recent days after she decided to reveal the serious sexual harassment she experienced from her coach early in her career. This is Andrew Geddes, who in January 2021 was sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping four girls between the ages of 12 and 17
Geddes, who according to testimonies treated his victims as "sex slaves," carried out the attacks at two clubs in northern Paris starting in 2000 and between 2009 and 2014. The first victim is Koshi, who was 12 when she met him in 1999.
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"I was raped almost 400 times by my coach over two years," was one of the most shocking sentences in the Frenchwoman's story. "I remember the fear I felt when I took the 13 steps that separated me from his room so that he would rape me," she recalled during one training camp. "It was the worst two weeks of my life. He raped me three times a day. The first night he asked me to come to his room and I didn't. So he got into mine, and it was worse. I was like a prisoner, I couldn't get out when I wanted to."
"It started with verbal harassment. I tried to defend myself and asked him to stop, every day I told him, 'Don't touch me, it's wrong, I don't agree.' He sarcastically replied: 'Don't worry, it often happens between coaches and girls,'" Kushi shared. "Between the ages of 13 and 18, I lived thinking I had AIDS. Many times I thought about committing suicide. I went through a nightmare that ruined my career."
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