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, sports present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports, at all levels, are the latest frontier in the war against child sex abuse and the least studied.
We must 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, high school and college athletics, the incidence of abuse and neglect among elite or Olympic-level athletes; as well as professional sports, from the NFL and MLB to the NBA and NHL.