Wednesday, November 12, 2014

USA Swimming take note: "Australian Olympic team members to undergo mandatory child abuse checks"

Instead of waiting for teens or young adults to report incidents of child abuse, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is being proactive and will begin asking members of their Olympic team if sexual abuse of any sort has taken place. 

Though not a complete fix at least the AOC is interviewing potential victims in a safe environment thus adding an additional layer of protection. 
From Inside the Games but please take not of the quote in bold face type: 
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) today revealed that all coaches, staff and officials will undergo a mandatory Working with Children Check before they can become a member of the nation's team for Rio 2016. 
"We have been working with the US Olympic Committee and British Olympic Association who have vigorous policies in regard to the safety of children," Coates said.

"We will be introducing similar policies in our team agreement to protect all members of our team.

"It has been suggested to me that this is a bigger problem in American sport than doping. It is our job to show leadership."

"Just like what we are trying in our fight against doping in sport, I want us to try and set the highest standard possible here, in protecting athletes, it's my job."

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