The USFL and MLS Women’s Teams Are Creating a System of Sexual Harassment

Probe finds emotional abuse, sexual misconduct in NWSL were systemic, say lawyers The league’s women’s team is suing the United States for discrimination by the same men who are trying to keep them out.

The woman who says she’s been sexually harassed at the national soccer league has filed a lawsuit with a U.S. district court alleging that several members of the U.S. women’s national team helped create the system of rampant sexual harassment that she experienced and other women allege they have faced at NWSL clubs.

The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in a case that involves allegations of assault and other behavior during the last two decades by the men in the United States Football League (USFL) national team and MLS women’s teams. The suit has not yet been officially filed, but it could serve as the catalyst that causes a change in how the men in the sport conduct themselves, according to the women’s attorney for the case, Kristen Kish.

The suit was filed by attorney Kristen Kish, who said that the allegations of abuse that were exposed by former members of the USFL, including the former players known as “The She-Hulk,” were part of a larger pattern of abuse women have faced throughout professional sports and throughout society.

“What we are seeing in the case we are filing today is a pattern and practice of abuse occurring across the globe and across all professional sports,” Kish told Yahoo Sports in an email.

Kish described how after she experienced abuse in the USFL she sought help from multiple sources in the sports world and elsewhere:

In 2009, I reached out to several female sports figures. But to their defense, they told me that they could not help due to fear of the men and what the men wanted. I also spoke with a friend of mine who was a doctor and a former member of the US men’s national team, as well as a former member of the USFL who was fired from his position for “racially prejudiced comments.” However, my friend and I decided that because of my own experiences with the men, I would contact some of these men in hopes they would do something about this type of misconduct.

One of Kish’s contacts was the US Soccer Federation, which conducted a study in 2012, and found in the course of

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