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Safe4Athletes Events

Long Island Sports Commission

April 17, 2012 - Long Island Executive Chambers

Keynote

Southwest Trainers Conference

July 20, 2012 Dallas, TX

How to Prevent Sexual Abuse in Sports

Sports Law and Ethics Symposium

Sept 6, 2012 -San Jose, CA

Event details and registration click here

National Center for Victims of Crime

Sep 21, 2012 - New Orleans, LA

California Women's Conference

Women in Sport - Panel 

Sept - 24, 2012 - Long Beach, CA

Male Survivor Convention

Nov 16-18, New York, NY

Event Details and Registration

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Yor City - Safe4Athletes Fundraiser

MArch 10, New York City

Event Details and Registration

 

Please check back as we are continuing to add more events across the country in all sports. If you are interested in a speaker in your area, please fill out our speaker request form click here

 

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Safe4Athletes Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sharon High School 

Feb 13th, 2014 Speaking at High School 13:00pm

Feb 13th, 4-7pm Spaghetti Dinner -

Sharon Fire Station - All are welcome 

Event Details 

 

New York City - Safe4Athletes Fundraiser

March 10, New York City

Nocello Restaurant - 7-9:30pm

Space is limited so register early.

Event Details and Registration

WISE member registration

 

Carmel, CA - Dinner Fundraiser

Carmel Winery

April 5th, 2014

Event Details and Registration Coming soon.

 

Please check back as we are continuing to add more events across the country in all sports. If you are interested in a speaker in your area, please fill out our speaker request form click here

 

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SAFE4ATHLETES PROGRAM OVERVIEW  

HOW YOUR SCHOOL/COLLEGE CAN CONDUCT AN ATHLETICS PROGRAM

THAT IS SAFE FOR ATHLETES

Download the Safe4Athletes University and High School Handbook (Revised as of March 2013)

WHY?   

Athlete sexual abuse and other forms of misconduct by coaches or others is a serious problem that has not been effectively confronted by local and national open amateur sports organizations or the school/college community.  The damage to athletes who have been abused goes well beyond their inability to reach their potential as athletes.  The impact is life changing.  Being victimized by a trusted adult, especially in the case of sexual abuse, has a devastating and long-lasting impact ranging from lowered self-esteem, difficulty trusting others, anxiety, stress, fear, and depression to self-destructive tendencies, sexual maladjustment and substance abuse.   It is commonplace for abused athletes to accept blame for the misconduct, thinking the abuse is their fault and not recognizing that it is the adult who is wrong.  Some abused athletes may even involuntarily and subconsciously bond with their abuser.  Schools/colleges with policies, procedures and educational programs designed to prevent such harm are more likely to be trusted and respected by parents and less likely to be sued by victims.  

PERSPECTIVE

It is very important for every school or college athletics program to emphasize to coaches, athletes, employees, volunteers and parents that athlete safety and welfare policies do not imply distrust and are not intended to portray coaches or others as “villains.”  The appropriate analogy is to liken these policies to what we all have to endure when taking an airline trip and tolerating airport security measures.  We suffer these restrictions on our personal freedoms because we know that one terrorist can cause terrible harm.  Similarly, athlete safety and welfare policies restrict the actions and behaviors of coaches and others in order to maximize the possibility that we will be able to protect program participants from the harm caused by one person with malicious intent. 

HOW? A Safe4Athletes athletics department commits to doing four things:

1.     ADOPT POLICIES that (a) require criminal background checks for coaches, volunteers and others before they are permitted to work directly with athletes or children attending athletics department sponsored workshops, events or sports camps and (b) clearly define prohibited conduct in a detailed way, from poor instruction or supervision practices and bullying behaviors, to more serious allegations of professional misconduct such as sexual harassment, or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.   Coaches, employees and volunteers sign a code of conduct agreement acknowledging having read and understanding their obligation to adhere to the policy.

2.     EDUCATE COACHES, ATHLETES AND VOLUNTEERS about these inappropriate behaviors and the existence of a conduct policy that must be followed.

3.     APPOINT an school district or college trained school counselor from outside the athletics department as an ATHLETE WELFARE ADVOCATE (AWA)TO ASSIST  ATHLETES.  Athletes are often afraid of confronting more powerful coaches or even their own parents when faced with a distressing situation.  The AWA distributes educational materials and invites athletes to call or email to schedule a confidential conversation if they need help handling any situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

4.      ESTABLISH AND IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING APPROPRIATE PROCEDURES that will restore a safe environment if misconduct occurs:

  • availability of an Athlete Welfare Advocate to meet in a confidential and supportive environment to assist the athlete (and/or parents) in identifying and addressing the concern
  • immediately correct any hostile environment or situation that threatens the safety and well-being of participants
  • if appropriate in the case of minor transgressions, the Athlete Welfare Advocate works with the athletics director to resolve the situation to the satisfaction of the affected athlete (and his/her parents) or initiate a formal complaint
  •  in more serious situations, the school/college temporarily suspends the coach or other individual accused of misconduct for the duration of the complaint process that includes the following elements:
  • the AWA represents or accompanies the athlete who is never required to confront her/his alleged abuser
  • the accused is given notice of all charges
  • the school/college appoints an impartial Fact Finder not associated with the athletics program to interview all parties
  • the accused receives a full hearing conducted according to the school or college grievance procedure to determine if policy was violated and, if necessary, imposes appropriate sanctions
  • the school/college may also be obligated to report the situation to the police in cases that possibly violate state or federal law
  •  the school/college reports any coach or volunteer determined to have committed serious misconduct and whose employment or affiliation with the school/college was terminated to the national sports governing body (NGB) with a request to revoke the individual’s membership and ability to coach in all NGB member athletics departments in order to protect other children from the possibility of abuse

FREE MATERIALS

Safe4Athletes has sample policies, procedures and educational materials that schools/colleges can use to implement a Safe4Athletes program.  Downloads are free from Safe4Athletes.org. 

USE OF SAFE4ATHLETES LOGO AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT STATEMENT

School or college athletics programs that adopt these policies and procedures may use the Safe4Athletes logo and the following statement on their web site and in printed materials:

Our athletics program has adopted Safe4Athletes policies and procedures which are designed to provide our athletes with a safe and positive environment free of sexual abuse, bullying and harassment

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BANNED COACH LISTS

Not every national sport governing body publishes a banned coach list. Even when such lists are published, they do not represent all coaches who have been found guilty of misconduct. Click here to see Banned Coach Lists

 

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UNIVERSITIES AND HIGH SCHOOLS

Schools and colleges that are recipients of federal funds are obligated to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and its specific obligations related to sexual harassment and gender equity.  Athletics directors should consult with the institution’s Title IX coordinator and legal counsel to ensure that all adopted policies and procedures conform to these laws.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO IMPLEMENT A SAFE4ATHLETES PROGRAM FOR YOUR SCHOOL  CLICK HERE

LIBRARY

The Library is made up of downloadable documents, all policy documents including word documents for the suggested forms, varies areas of interest about abuse in sports, News articles, research papers all searchable by topic. Click her to search the LIBRARY

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS 

The following videos were developed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sports. CLICK HERE

LATEST NEWS

Safe4Athletes is following several news stories about abuse in sports and will continue to track the development and post the latest stories CLICK HERE

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SPEAKER SERVICE

Safe4Athletes provides speakers for sport association, professional association conventions or other meetings conducting programs to address the issue of athlete welfare and how every athlete can be provided with a safe and positive sport environment free of sexual misconduct, bullying, and harassment. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Mandatory Reporting

2012 Introduced State Legislation

Approximately 107 bills in 30 states and the District of Columbia have been introduced in the 2012 legislative session on the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect; 10 of these states have enacted legislation. 

Review a list of requirements by state and legislative proposal CLICK HERE 

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NEED HELP IMPLEMENTING A SAFE4ATHLETES PROGRAM - CONTACT US 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR CALL US AT 1-855-723-3422 (SAFE-4AA)

THEN DON'T FORGET TO PROMOTE YOUR CLUBS SAFE4ATHLETES PROGRAM WITH A CLUB LOGO

If your club has adopted safe4athletes and needs the club logo please CLICK HERE

Don't forget to list your clubs participation in our searchable database

 

Where To Go For Help

Every athlete deserves a safe and positive sports environment. SPEAK UP if the way you are being treated feels wrong. 
If you need advice in sorting through a situation or concern. SAFE4ATHLETES is here to help.

Safe4Athletes: PO Box 650, Santa Monica, CA 90406 - Tax ID-46-2290559