Free sexual abuse prevention program available from NCMEC

Free sexual abuse prevention program available from NCMEC


While youth sports programs should be safe places for children to compete, have fun, and develop sports and life skills, horrific and heartbreaking incidents of sexual abuse continue to occur at alarming rates nationwide.

In 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® (NCMEC) received more than 21 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation. In most cases of sexual abuse, the abuser is someone the child knows. Building a network of trusted adults and providing safe spaces for children to play and grow is critical to protecting them from these crimes.

As a proud partner of NCMEC, the National Alliance for Youth Sports is pleased to share Safe To Compete, a FREE new online program NCMEC has developed with It’s a Penalty to help stop abuse and keep children safe.   

Among the program’s features:

  • An interactive 30-minute training course for coaches
  • A brief 15-minute parent education module
  • Discussion guides on boundary setting and safety for kids ages 5-11 and 12-17
  • Information on child sex trafficking
  • Resources for coaches, such as “The Goal: Ending Sex Trafficking”

This program equips coaches and parents with the tools needed to create a safe environment in sport where boundary violations of any sort are not tolerated, and child safety and respect are top priorities.

To learn more, visit

Training Safety Sexual Abuse NCMEC

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