Athletes & Abuse Symposium
What: An Athletes and Abuse Symposium to educate the public on the various instances of abuse and neglect that run rampant in sport. The symposium was comprised of four breakout sessions. The first was geared towards youth sports; the second covered high school and college athletics; the third focused on incidence of abuse and neglect among elite or Olympic-level athletes; and the final panel covered professional sports, from the NFL and MLB to the NBA and NHL.
This one-day symposium was the first university event to closely examine athletes and abuse across the spectrum of sports and ages. Leading experts, athletes, officials, and policymakers shined a light on how to change the sports culture that puts children at risk.
Where: Class of 1949 Auditorium (Houston Hall) at the University of Pennsylvania
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(the day before Penn Relays)
This event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors:
| Penn School of Social Policy & Practice | Penn School of Arts and Sciences | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Penn Athletics | Penn Office of the Provost | Penn School of Nursing | Penn Graduate School of Education | Penn Annenburg School of Communications | Robert A. Fox Leadership Program | Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships |
In 1995 three young Olympic-hopeful athletes testified at an USA Volleyball ethics hearing that they had been sexually abused by their coach, Rick Butler. Butler was one of the winningest volleyball coaches, and the story was picked up by Sports Illustrated. Although Butler was banned from the sport, over two decades later, he continues to coach teenage girls, including at national tournaments.
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.
|Athletes and Abuse Symposium |
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall
Coffee and light breakfast
Opening Remarks - PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro
High School and College Sports
Lunch - Food Trucks Available
Midday Keynote & Book Signing
Round Table Discussionwith Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for NFL Network
Hors d'Oeuvres Reception