The Overlooked Sexual Abuse Scandal within the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL

There is a scandal happening with the Chicago Blackhawks, but the lack of attention to the situation speaks volumes about the impact of American sports fans. Two former players have come forward with claims of sexual assault by former assistant coach Brad Aldrich. The lawsuit alleges grooming, assault, harassment, and nude photos being sent. Sadly, the NHL and the Chicago Blackhawks have been able to escape the backlash that normally occurs when sex scandals happen in sports, probably because they play a sport that most Americans don’t care about anymore. Also, society seems to pick and choose who is worthy of being a victim, and who is worthy of sympathy. The scandal is a clear indication that the country still has a long way to go in understanding that sexual assault and harassment allegations should always be taken seriously, regardless of the gender of the people involved.