When we look away, we allow sexual violence to continue. 85% of sexually abused children and teens are abused by someone they know. The law protects children under 18 from sexual exploitation: any sexual contact between a child younger than 18 and a person of authority is legally considered sexual assault. If you suspect or are certain of an assault of a child under 16, you are required by law to report it to the Children's Aid Society.
Private or closed practices, isolating a player from the rest of his or her teammates, or frequent phone calls and texts are all red flags for possible sexual violence.
There's always more than one option for a bystander. Take a stand safely and do something that you feel comfortable with. You could:
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