U.S. Center for SafeSport: Preventing Abuse in Sports

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While society at large recognizes the many benefits of sport, it is important to also recognize and prevent factors that can lead to an abusive environment. This paper seeks to combine the current research on abuse in the sport environment with the work of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The inclusion of risk factors unique to sport and evidence-informed practices provides framing for the scope and response to sexual abuse in sport organizations in the United States. The paper then explores the creation and mission of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, including the role of education in prevention and of policy, procedures, audit, and compliance as important aspects of a comprehensive safeguarding strategy. This paper provides preliminary data on the reach of the Center, established in 2017. This data captures the scope of education and training and the increase in reports to the Center from within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

The authors are staff and board members with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, Denver, CO, USA. Giardino is also with the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Johnson (nicole.johnson@safesport.org) is corresponding author.
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