This past weekend respected, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child sexual abuse based on reports going back to 1998. Two university officials were charged with failing to report the crimes and perjury. To be sure, this is another shocking and prominent case. But, it is by no means an unusual situation.
Adults don't always know what to do and don't always do everything they can to keep kids safe.
Read more about what this latest, high-profile case reminds us about adult responsibility for preventing abuse every day.
- A New York Times commentary by Frank Bruni
- OnParenting blog (Washington Post) in which we share lessons for parents.
- Use our Nine Questions Parents Need to Ask When Selecting Programs for their Children to learn about the comprehensive policies youth serving organizations need. Then ask staff at organizations to explain their policies to you. If staff can't explain them, how can they implement and enforce them?
- Learn how to file a report if you suspect someone is sexually abusing a child.
- Learn how to talk to someone who's behavior around children concerns or worries you.
- Talk with your children about coaches who show sexual interest in children.