Yes, my life would be poorer if I couldn’t have had any male coaches or have spent hours in private discussion with various professors and teachers or colleagues or managers.
I understand the concerns about being vulnerable to allegations. But the idea that men just can’t help themselves and are prone to sexually attack any woman or girl if given the opportunity doesn’t fit with any reality I’ve experienced.
Of course, any man fighting such urges shouldn’t put himself in those circumstances.
that being said...with all of these horror stories, there are lessons to be learned...
No child should share a hotel room with an adult who is not their parent/family member/legal guardian.
No child should travel alone with an adult who is not their parent/family member/legal guardian.
Children should not train alone in a gym - with no other athletes present, or other adults presents.
When coaches counsel an athlete, they should remain visible to others...no closed doors...or have an office with a window.
There are many simple thing that can be done that protect the kids - but also protect the adults from false accusations.