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
|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”.|
|Click here to learn what steps and policies USA Gymnastics has put into place to protect children and athletes.|
|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.|
|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.