Sexual Safety in Youth Sports: Tips for Talking

Club Running

Recent publicity surrounding cases of sexual abuse by coaches has prompted athletic associations and governing bodies to focus on creating greater sexual safety for their youth athletes. With this in mind, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) approached Stop It Now! to address the issue in its magazine, Club Running. The resulting article Health and Safety Spotlight: Stop It Now! appears in the Winter 2011 issue. Written by Yvonne Cournoyer, Stop It Now! consultant and former Program Director of Stop It Now! Minnesota, the article offers concrete information on what parents can do and talk about with children to keep them safe from sexual harm. 

In her introduction, RRCA Executive Director Jean Knaack, highlights the importance of parents taking proactive steps to prevent abuse: "Please take time to read the article. Then talk with your kids, other adults in your running community, and local youth running coaches about creating and maintaining safe training environments for kids."