It appears irresponsible authorities are content to let Coaches be blind-sided by litigation and Child Athletes Abused, rather than attempt to educate the Athletic Community and Coaches with “an ounce of prevention preventing unfortunate pounds of cure.” Instead, money driven “win-at-all-costs” Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE) philosophy triumphs over sanity, reasonableness and good judgement, regarding Child Athlete Care and Welfare and Standard Coaching Care of Athletes.
And though it is difficult to understand, all the governmental and non-governmental systems and agencies that are in place to protect children have no will to enforce the law to protect Child Athletes participating in Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE), as they do non-Athlete Children, who are not particiating. Therefore, The Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act, S. Bill 1877, died twice in congress. It was a bill in reaction to the Penn State Sexual Abuse and Coach Jerry Sandusky tragedy. The will to protect Child Athletes is negligent among so-called responsible parties. Unbelievable!
It makes sense that
• Habitual Athlete Sexual,
• Physical and Emotional Abuse secondary to a Coach’s Mal-Behavior,
• and/or Sub-Standard Coaching Conduct,
• Breaching the Standard of Coaching Care. [1.]
• should cease,
• after it has been dramatically exposed to the general public [2.] following
• Coaches’ loss of employment,
• criminal convictions,
• civil lawsuit with large monetary awards
• and other Coach penalties.
But Coaching Mal-Behaviors continue to escalate due to failure of governmental and non-governmental systems and agencies that are in place to protect children (and Coaches secondarily), because
• Athlete Sexual Abuse has reached an all time high in SRE
• and Athletes continue to sustain unnecessary, non-accidental, preventable injuries at a rate of 50% of all youth sports injuries.
No one seems to be able to stop Coach Misconduct in amateur, school and non-school Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE) and in the classroom.
Another example: 2,500 teachers have been punished in 5 years for classroom sexual misconduct. “And no one, not the schools, not the courts, not the state or federal governments, has found a surefire way to keep molesting teachers out of classrooms” [3.] How many have been ignored, overlooked and unreported in both the classroom and SRE?
The classroom misconduct report followed an “AP investigation in which reporters sought disciplinary records in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”
1. [The Legal Coach, Bar Exam, Torts (MBE) Feb, 06, 2014]
2. [paraphrase a quote from Chris Mathews, Hardball MSNBC 4/8/2015]
3. [AP: 2,500 teachers punished in 5 years for sexual misconduct, komonews.com]
Currently, violence and abuse in sports have been neglected by many dysfunctional people-systems in crisis, some of whom were named by the Surgeon General and others included by this reporter following further research. [Surgeon General’s Workshop on Making Prevention of Child Maltreatment a National Priority: Implementing Innovations of a Public Health Approach, Office of the Surgeon General (US); 2005. NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, 2005]
These systems in crisis have resulted, sometimes from ignorance of the law, error, lack of will to enforce the law, and/ or frank maliciousness, resulting in obstruction of Athlete Safety 1st and CAAS Prevention:
• Public Health Services
• Sports Medicine
• Social /Child Welfare Systems
• Criminal Justice Departments
• Education-Awareness Groups
• Federal High School Athletic Federations
• State High School Athletic Associations
• Non-School Leagues and Associations
S. 1877 (112th):
Nov 16, 2011
112th Congress, 2011–2013
Died in a previous Congress
This bill was introduced on November 16, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
S. 2343 (113th): Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act
May 15, 2014
113th Congress, 2013–2015
Died in a previous Congress
This bill was introduced on May 15, 2014, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
Shame on Congress!!!!