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Child Sexual Abuse In Horse Sport and SafeSport Cases

(This article originally appeared December 2019 by Carley Sparks on Horse Network.) “If you tolerate it; you are condoning it,” reads a sign on the door of Murray Arena at the Okotoks Recreation Centre in Alberta. The sign refers to abuse of hockey officials, but it could just as easily apply to sexual abuse in the horse industry: if you tolerate it, you are condoning it. And for a long time, as the recent spate of SafeSport cases involving high profile trainers reveals, the equestrian [...]

Looking For Red Flags: Keeping Child Molesters Out Of Youth-Serving Organizations

Child molesters are drawn to youth-serving organizations such as schools, churches, camps, sports teams, and after-school programs. Each time we read a news story about a child molester who infiltrated a youth-serving organization, we are naturally revulsed and wonder why this person wasn’t detected earlier and stopped. In this series, I will explain how youth-serving organizations fail to recognize and act on critical red flags associated with child molesters. But besides the red flags a molester may signal to the organization, there are also red [...]