ABUSE & NEGLECT OF CHILD ATHLETES
Do child athletes face more abuse & neglect?
The pattern of successful coaches with power over aspiring athletes repeats itself time and again in all levels of sport. Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, youth sports programs present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports programs, at all levels, are the latest frontier in the investigation into child sexual abuse and the least studied.
We must investigate and ensure institutions protect our children - rather than harm them.
Child athletes face a higher rate of abuse and neglect than the average child. We're asking why - and what can be done to prevent it.
Youth sports program, high school and college athletics, the incidence of sexual abuse and neglect among elite or Olympic-level athletes; as well as professional sports, from the NFL and MLB to the NBA and NHL.