Preventing abuse Last month we completed part one – understanding the issue – of our Make the Commitment campaign. From August 2013 through January 2014, our focus turns to abuse prevention. We’ll begin by identifying risks in youth-serving organizations and providing tools for you to stop abuse before it occurs.
August webinar: Identifying risks
Join Keith Kaufman, Ph.D., and learn how to create an effective, sustainable prevention tool that incorporates a variety of perspectives from local experts. In this webinar, Kaufman will offer prevention strategies and identify risks surrounding sexual abuse.
Risk in sports Prevention begins with identifying high-risk situations for abuse and then minimizing those risks. Potential high-risk situations include overnight travel, locker rooms and other unsupervised environments, mobile and electronic communication between youth and adults, and providing alcohol at team functions.
The prevalence of sexual abuse is roughly equal across all sports. Sexual predators are attracted to children, and a sport’s characteristics - such as its uniforms, degree of physical contact, facilities or practice schedules - appear to play no role in a predator’s behavior.
High-risk opportunities are present in any sport. Determining specific opportunities for an adult to be alone with a child allows parents, volunteers and coaches to help prevent abuse in sport. (Source: Celia Brackenridge)
Featured Speaker: Dr. Keith L. Kaufman Keith L. Kaufman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Portland State University. His work focuses on the assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse victims, juvenile sexual offenders and their families. Previously, Kaufman provided consultation in the areas of prevention and juvenile offender assessment and treatment.
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