USA Gymnastics is proud to announce the We Care Campaign, an educational program designed specifically for parents and concerned adults that focuses on establishing and maintaining a safe gymnastics environment in your club.
The We Care Campaign is created to help individuals be more aware of the issue of child sexual abuse, and then suggest ways one can turn that awareness into action.
Visit this page often for updated information and resources. Send questions or comments to WeCare@usagym.org
As part of the “We Care Campaign,” USA Gymnastics is providing information and ideas to parents on how they can talk to their children about this topic. “Think First & Stay Safe” will go to the parents of 9-year-old athletes, with “Let’s Talk Teens” sent to parents of 13-year-old athletes. A four-page summary that highlights USA Gymnastics’ abuse and misconduct prevention efforts is also included and may be used as a resource and shared with parents and concerned adults. Click, download and share the four page summary with other parents and concerned adults. As part of the “Clubs Care Campaign,” Member Clubs will receive a courtesy copy of the below items, plus a poster to display in their gyms staff areas to complement their efforts to promote a safe environment for all participants.
Download color or black and white version of posters/flyers that can displayed in your staff area.
Click here to learn what steps and policies USA Gymnastics has put into place to protect children and athletes.
|USA Gymnastics has joined the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Make the Commitment: Stop Abuse in Sport” initiative, which is part of the USOC’s SafeSport program, and is encouraging its clubs, coaches, judges, club owners, volunteers and parents to become active participants in the effort to stop child abuse. The goal of “Make the Commitment” is to help reduce child sexual abuse through identifying practical steps that can be taken at every level of sport. Click here to learn how as a coach, judge, parent and club owner, you can make the commitment.|
|Parent Safety tips for overnight and local travel. Click here for the article.|
|USA Gymnastics partner organization, Positive Coaching Alliance has created new, free online videos to protect children from sexual abuse in youth sports. These short videos provide specific, practical tips that help you, your children and others prevent sexual abuse. Click here to view now.|
|Parents, click here to listen to a podcast with Dr. Joshua Eldridge and USA Gymnastics on ways to protect children.|
|Questions to ask Youth Serving Organizations. Click here to read the article.|
|USA Gymnastics educational partner has prepared an educational piece building awareness on the grooming process for predators. This piece has been published in USA Gymnastics magazine November/December issue. Click here to read the article.|
|7 Steps to Protecting Our Children” provided by Darkness to Light. Click the following for one page flyers that clubs can redistribute to parents and concerned individuals regarding action steps one can do in order to protect our children – Color | Black & WhiteClick here to download the Complete 7 Steps for Protecting our Children.|
|Understanding the Grooming Process: Preventing Inappropriate Behavior and Sexual Misconduct with Children. Click here for the article.|
|Suggested reading – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for Parents and their Children. Click here to view the publications.|
|A parent’s guide to selecting youth-serving organizations. Click here for the article.|
Did you know?
It is highly likely that you know a child who has been or is being abused.
CONSEQUENCES to children and to our society begin immediately. Child sexual abuse is a direct source of a number of problems facing us.
The We Care education-focused efforts complement the steps USA Gymnastics already has taken to promote a safe environment for its athletes through policy and guideline changes implemented in the last few years. Here’s a quick overview of what is currently in place.
Darkness to Light 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)
Stop It Now! 1-888-PREVENT (888-773-2362)
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
This prevention training program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for individuals concerned about the safety of children as well as organizations that serve youth.