Larry Magid blogs: Safe to Compete: Protecting Children from Abuse in Sports Programs!

18 Mar 2013 9:43 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

Excerpt: Unfortunately, acts of child sexual exploitation are all to familiar to the staff of NCMEC, a Congressionally authorized non-profit organization that works with law enforcement, families and other professionals on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.

But it doesn't have to be that way. With better education, increased law enforcement and greater awareness its possible to better protect children in sporting programs, youth-serving organizations and everywhere else.

On March 19th and 20th, NCMEC is sponsoring a conference called Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse, where it will convene more than 50 youth-serving organizations, including the YMCA, Special Olympics, USA Swimming, USA Gymnastics, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to talk about the issue of preventing abuse of children in sports programs.

NCMEC CEO John Ryan said "one of the deliverables of the summit will be to bring these leading national youth organizations to the Center and develop what we are calling sound practices so that parents can ask the right questions and that they can be assured that these organizations have the appropriate policies in place."

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