CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE : CHILDREN : SPORTS PARTICIPATION : COLLEGE ATHLETES : UNITED STATES OLYMPICS : MICHIGAN STATE: UNIVERSITY: What Can Be Done to Prevent Child Abuse in Sports? Experts Weigh In

David P. Dillard
 

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE :

CHILDREN :

SPORTS PARTICIPATION :

COLLEGE ATHLETES :

UNITED STATES OLYMPICS :

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY:

What Can Be Done to Prevent Child Abuse in Sports? Experts Weigh In


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What Can Be Done to Prevent Child Abuse in Sports? Experts Weigh In

Updated: May 21, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

by John Smallwood

Philadelphia Inquirer

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In the wild, adult animals instinctually try to shield and protect their young from predators.

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Human beings, however, add an element of thought and contemplation to most situations. The human wolf will infiltrate into the company of parents to gain their confidence, all with the secret agenda of gaining unsupervised access to children.

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Thats a fabulous way to put it, said Susan B. Sorenson, a professor of social policy and executive director of The Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania. Weve seen the process occur whether its been through churches, schools or through sports. The trusted adult, not just by the kids but by the parents and the family, and the community can end up taking advantage of kids. That becomes devastating for the kids as well as the families.

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Abuse of athletes by coaches has again exploded into the American conscience. Last week it was announced Michigan State settled lawsuits filed by the victims of Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor who worked for the university, after more than 300 women accused him of sexual abuse. In January, more than 150 of those women including several Olympic-medal winning gymnasts testified in a hearing. He was sentenced to, essentially, life in prison.

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Studies have shown that 90 percent of children who are abused know their abuser.

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Through his work as president and CEO of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Steve Salem says his organization has developed safety guidelines that all organizations that involve work with children should adopt as a preventative tool against child abuse. It includes background checks for all coaches.

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He says that sometimes the people in those organizations, including parents, become their own worst enemies.

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The kind of responses we get is, We know there is a problem, but we dont have a problem, Salem said. It can become so disappointing. Theyre in denial.



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David Dillard
Temple University
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