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Preventing Abuse/Molestation in Youth Sports

Unfortunately Abuse & Molestation is a very common problem not just in the world of youth sports, but in any situation where children are left in the care of an adult. Church groups, day care centers, youth sports, family fun centers, schools…it seems that no place is immune to this type of risk these days. According the US Department of Justice National Sex Offender Website an estimated 60% of abusers are known to the child but not the family. For example coaches, child care providers & neighbors. 23% of reported cases were perpetrated by individuals under the age of 18. Statistics report that every 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

So what can we do to prevent it?

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