Student Athletic Program Safety
Creating safe environments for student athletes in both competitive and leisure sports activities is possible when all adults, including parents and those in athletic youth-serving programs, commit to learning warning signs when codes of conduct are breached, how to speak up when there is a concern, and understanding the increased risk of student athletic programs.
Youth involved in competitive sports especially can be vulnerable to sexual abuse in ways that may differ from youth outside this unique environment. Due to factors that include increased pressure to succeed and high desire to please others, as well as the often intense relationship between a student athlete and the coach, youth can sometimes be easily manipulated and confused about healthy relationships, and this may put them at risk for sexual abuse.
Learn more about the steps and resources available to enhance the safety of the youth involved in athletic programs.
Stop It Now! online resources:
- Learn about Sexual Safety in Sports: Talking about Safety in Coaches Who Show Inappropriate Interest in Kids
- FAQs: Sexual Safety in Sports
- Nine Questions Parents Need to Ask When Selecting a Program for their Child
For additional information and tools to create a Culture of Safety in your child's youth athletic club or organization, see below.