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BALTIMORE, April 25, 2013 – US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse, announced today that it has pledged to join the national Make the Commitment: Stop Abuse in Sport campaign being spearheaded by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Geared towards preventing child sexual abuse, this year-long educational and training campaign kicked off in April 2013.
Recent statistics indicate that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18 - probably by someone they know and trust. With an estimated 44 million kids under the age of 18 participating in sport, athletic and youth-serving communities have an opportunity to change those odds.
As part of its SafeSport program, the USOC is teaming up with experts to deliver free tools and training during the next 12 months that will help clubs, coaches and parents make the commitment to prevent abuse.
Through free newsletters, campaign resources and training webinars, the USOC and its campaign partners, including US Lacrosse, will provide information on a different topic each month to help the public understand, prevent and report abuse. In April 2014, the Make the Commitment campaign will conclude with a SafeSport summit that offers additional training and hands-on workshops.
"US Lacrosse is committed to the physical and emotional safety of all participants in the game of lacrosse, and as such, we wholeheartedly support this educational campaign by the U.S. Olympic Committee," said Bruce Griffin, director of health & sport safety at US Lacrosse. "We hope that all US Lacrosse members will consider making the commitment to support this campaign and will benefit from the resources being provided by the USOC."
Additional information about the campaign, including a schedule of monthly USOC resources and an online commitment pledge, can be accessed atwww.teamusa.org/StopAbuse.aspx.
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