Preston City Wrestling responds to industry-wide sexual abuse claims
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 23, 2020
Huge changes are coming to Lancashire’s leading wrestling organisation as it looks to respond to industry-wide allegations of sexual assault.
Preston City Wrestling, known as PCW, is looking to bring in a number of changes to how it operates on a day-to-day basis after a number of woman within the professional wrestling industry.
Many of them have found their voice in the #SpeakingOut campaign that has taken over the industry’s Twitter community.
And across the Pennines, West Yorkshire Police has confirmed to the BBC it is “carrying out initial enquiries” into allegations within its jurisdiction.
Lancashire Constabulry were unable to clarify if they were investigating any abuse allegations but a number of those allegations have been made about talent who have appeared at the promotion.
A spokesperson for PCW told LancsLive its leadership team has been “discussing steps to ensure we have the right steps to provide a safe environment for all”.
PCW promoter Steven Fludder added that he “can’t see” the wrestlers involved in any provable allegations to get “any more work in wrestling”.
Among the changes will be an incident report system and a mandatory code of conduct.
PCW says it is looking to implement the following changes:
Code of Conduct
A code of conduct will be drafted which will be compulsory for all to sign agreement with if they are to train, work or volunteer at PCW.
The code of conduct includes how people conduct themselves in and out of PCW.
“This will be implemented before we start back up as a company,” a spokesperson said.
Safe Guarding Officer
A qualified Safe Guarding Officer will be appointed to ensure PCW’s code of conduct is being met as a company.
This role will be introduced in 2020.
A Governing Body
PCW is forming a governing body, which will be volunteers from the community.
It there are any incidents at PCW, “they would decide a fair and unbiased outcome,” a spokesperson said.
There is currently no time frame to for this at the moment but PCW says it will “make sure that we do have the right people in these roles”.
A system for reporting incidents
PCW says it will soon have a website set up for management to be informed of incidents either, using names or not, so the company can “get the ball rolling” and look in to preventing issues before they happen, or before any further issues arise and protect those involved.
A spokesperson for PCW added: “Any other issues that are business related will be looked at when we return as a company.
“With the Covid-19 situation we have been in a hiatus and not fully operational on our forms of communication but you can email email@example.com and we will respond to you on our return as an operational company in the near future.”