Athlete Abuse Exposed

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About Broken Trust

Broken Trust gives voice to the courageous women and men who have dared to speak up against abuse on all levels. Told through interviews with Olympic and national-class athletes, coaches and experts, Broken Trust looks at how and why abuse takes place and what needs to be done to stop it. 

Beyond the attention-grabbing headlines, this documentary gives viewers a candid look at the secret world of sexual and emotional abuse experienced by athletes. 

With unflinching honesty, Broken Trust shows how athletes are isolated and ostracized for speaking out, how parents are pressured to keep silent when confronted by predators in the guise of well-meaning coaches, and how athletes who dare to challenge the status quo are denied much-needed financial assistance. 

With the foundation of awareness about sexual abuse brought about by the  #metoo movement, Broken Trust is a film  whose time is now.


Listen to Jill's NPR Interview




Filmmaker and journalist Jill Yesko is a former cyclist who represented the United States in the 1983 World University Games and competed in the Olympic Trials.


Jill’s films include Tainted Blood: The Untold Story of the 1984 Olympic Blood Doping Scandal (available on Amazon) and Broken Trust: Athlete Abuse Exposed.


Jill's writing has appeared in Women's Sports & Fitness, Shape, Fitness Swimmer, and numerous other magazines. She is the author of two acclaimed crime fiction novels and has been profiled in O, the Oprah magazine.


Jill is a Fellow at the Center for Sports Communication & Media, Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas.



Broken Trust is available for rental to show at your school, organization, non-profit or for theatrical screenings.

A study guide and suggested curriculum can be provided upon request.


Media queries:

Thomas Skevin


"Through her documentary Broken Trust: Athlete Abuse Exposed,” Jill Yesko offers an entry point and invaluable educational tool for parents, gym owners, school administrators and athletes themselves. Couched in a love of sports, the film is honest, illuminating and in no way exploitative. I commend it highly to all who care about athletes’ well-being.”

-- Liz Clarke, Washington Post sportswriter 


Broken trust

Athlete Abuse Exposed