Thursday, April 18, 2013

Petition: Educate Coaches About Sexual Assault

One in four women and girls will be raped or assaulted by the time they turn 18, and as recent news stories have shown, athletes are sometimes the perpetrators. The role coaches play in the lives of athletes - as role models, mentors, and thought leaders to a large portion of the youth community - is invaluable. 
Empowering coaches, who are mentors to young men, to begin difficult and complex conversations about sexual violence could create long-lasting change in communities across the nation and lead to curbing, and even ending, sexual violence. 
This petition asks the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), which offers annual required trainings for coaches in order for them to remain accredited, to partner with nationally recognized activist organizations to develop a course on sexual violence prevention for high school coaches.
Coaches need the opportunity to learn how to foster a violence-free culture among their athletes in the locker room, on the playing fields and also in school hallways and weekend parties. By training coaches to understand how to address this issue with young male athletes, we can make valuable steps toward safer communities across the United States.

Support this initiative and request that the NFHS offers a violence-prevention course for high school coaches by signing this petition.