Q: How does Safe4Athletes change that dynamic?
A: Part of our policies and procedures is to have an athlete-welfare advocate available to the athletes. They know his or her e-mail and phone, and if something were to arise, whether it's bullying, sexual abuse or harassment, they have an outlet.
Q: What's expected of the coaches themselves?
A: All coaches are required to sign a code of ethics that states, for example, that there be no consent of relationship with an athlete, regardless of age. So if a coach were to violate that or another Safe4Athletes policy, we can list him or her on our website, saying which policy section he or she violated. Parents then know about it. They likely wouldn't know about it otherwise. Oftentimes, coaches just get fired. When these incidents come up, nobody investigates them. Nobody figures them out. Coaches just move on to the next place, constantly one step ahead of their wreckage. I want to be able to build this up over time to where we're shortening their lie. We have a solution that protects kids in amateur sports, and that's my interest — putting an infrastructure in place where I feel confident these children can excel in their gifts and not be affected by abuse of any kind.
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