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Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Misconduct & Abuse In Sports

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

With the #MeToo movement and other political shifts and conversations occurring in our country, an increasing number of sexual abuse and misconduct cases are coming to light. Sadly, this abuse also occurs on the playing field and in locker rooms around the U.S.

U.S. Lacrosse SafeSport

A new infographic from U.S. Lacrosse provides helpful information regarding sexual abuse and what parents and organizations can do to prevent it from happening in athletic departments. The organization’s “SafeSport Program” requires:

    • Background screenings for all coach members (free)
    • Required sexual abuse training and education (online)
    • That coaches model policies and guidelines for appropriate behavior

U.S. Lacrosse and many other organizations state a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual misconduct and abuse against youth.

3 Key Facts About Sexual Abuse

    • An estimated 1 in 8 athletes will be sexually abused within their sport.
    • 60% of children who are sexually abused experience the abuse from someone the family trusts.
    • 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before the age of 18.

SafeSport Authorization Act

Under the SafeSport Authorization Act, which became law on February 14, 2018:

    • Youth abuse must be reported within 24 hours.
    • Abuse awareness and prevention training must be provided in youth sports organizations.
    • Policies should be set to limit one-on-one interactions.

Parents, talk to your children about appropriate touch and relationships. Encourage your children to come to you (or to go to any trusted adult) should an incident occur. Keep the dialogue open!

Schedule With Dr. Rosemary Buckle

For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.