April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is a time to call attention to the fact that sexual violence is widespread and impacts every person in this community.

Coaches Can Help Prevent Sexual Violence

You are more than just a coach. You are a mentor, teacher, leader and influencer!

Teach your athletes that derogatory jokes may seem harmless, but they maintain environments that support disrespect and, in some cases, violence. These comments can shape long-term attitudes that may lead members of your team to think it’s acceptable to hurt others. Help the next generation foster healthy attitudes:

  • Set clear expectations for your players. For example, have a code of con-duct that outlines consequences for catcalling or players using gender or sexual orientation as an insult.
  • Address inappropriate behaviors and turn them into teachable moments.
  • Encourage your team members to recognize and confront hurtful behavior, even if it comes from teammates.

Call Victims Resource Center’s Education Department to schedule a program – 570-823-0766, ext. 213.