The 23-year-old model was participating in a broad-ranging discussion with Sex Discrimination.
Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and Australian Women’s Weekly editor Helen McCabe about domestic violence when she was asked if she was alarmed by the kind of behaviour she had seen from footballers interacting with female fans.
“With my experience of Lance obviously, he’s such a gentleman, he’s the man that’s going to be my husband. I haven’t seen anything with him,” she said.
“But with other men I’ve definitely seen it — and the most shocking thing for me is the way young women or women in general act around these sports stars.”
“I have seen things in clubs that would make mothers’ skin crawl. I’ve seen girls lift skirts up and put men’s hands under their skirts.”
“You see a lot and it’s almost like they will do anything to have the glory of being with a footballer,” she said, before asking: “How do we change that?”
Campbell asserted that some footballers also needed to change some of their behaviours.
“When a message comes through of a girl, showing it around to their mates or whatever ... that’s actually not OK ... there needs to be a cultural shift,” she said.
Ms Broderick concurred, saying “powerful, decent men” had an integral role to play in terms of shifting attitudes.
Campbell’s revelations echo some of the ideas expressed in a 2006 documentary, Footy Chicks, which looked in part at a group of women who pursued football players as sexual conquests.
That documentary also explored more disturbing territory, relating the stories of women who had been sexually assaulted or forced into unwanted sexual situations by footballers.
Originally published as ‘Enough to make a mother’s skin crawl’