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
|April is Child Abuse Prevention month and provides an opportunity to bring this serious societal issue to the forefront. USA Gymnastics is the leader within the U.S. Olympic movement in setting policies to promote a safe and fun environment for our children to learn gymnastics.
This April we encourage all to become actively aware of child abuse prevention, because together we can all make a difference.
The United States Olympic Committee has created a SafeSport Parent Course that provides important training about the nature of misconduct in sport and gives parents actionable information to better protect athletes. Developed for parents of athletes, this course addresses important topics around recognizing, preventing and taking action against misconduct in sports, from a parent perspective. This course helps parents become active participants in creating safe, positive sports environments for their child.
As part of the Olympic family, USA Gymnastics encourages all parents, this April to register, log in and take this complimentary 30 minute course.
Click here to “take the training”, add the course to your bag and checkout You will be asked to create a Team USA account, fill out the requested information, select USA Gymnastics as your organization, and begin your course.
This month, USA Gymnastics is providing information and ideas to parents on how they can talk to their children about this topic.
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 the above image to view this in an interactive reader. Click here to download as a PDF. Share the four-page summary with other parents and concerned adults.
Think First and Stay Safe will be sent to the parents of 9-year-old athletes.
Let’s Talk Teens will be sent to parents of 13 year old athletes.
|Parent Safety tips for overnight and local travel. Click here for the article.|
|Child Lures Prevention (an educational partner of USA Gymnastics We Care Campaign) and L Raphael Geneve, a Global Beauty Brand, have created a global partnership to prevent child sexual abuse worldwide. These organizations have created a free video to help keep millions of children worldwide safe from abuse.
Tom’s Secret, is a short animation movie for parents and children. The movie guides parents how to identify child sexual abuse, and, on the other hand, encourages children to share with trusted adults. Click here to privately view the video and become more informed.
|Click here to read about the parents role in monitoring as well as learn some safety “digital tips.”|
|The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children is an introductory guide created by our We Care Educational Partner Darkness to Light for responsible adults interested in the prevention of child sexual abuse. The 5 Steps outline the Darkness to Light core principles for preventing, recognizing, and reacting responsibly to child sexual abuse. Click here to view the complete guide “To Protection Our Children”.|
|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.|
|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.