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Dani Bostick @danibostick
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I started swimming with a @USASwimming team when I was 7 to become healthier. Instead, I became a victim of child sexual abuse. No athlete should have to endure that, yet SafeSport programs do little to prevent it via @DianaMoskovitz & @Deadspin THREAD…
2/ Youth sports are an ideal hunting ground for child predators. Attorney John Little said, "If you want to molest kids, the USOC is like Disneyland." Abuse happens because of existing policy, procedures, & culture, not in spite of them. via @deadspin & @DianaMoskovitz
3/ Thirty years after my coach abused me and four years after he was sent to prison for it, NOTHING has changed. In fact, now USA Swimming SafeSport materials promote the very mindset and culture that made my abuse go unnoticed and unreported by other USA Swimming members
4/ What is SafeSport then? Per @DianaMoskovitz & @DeadSpin
"So it fits with a morbid pattern that the USOC, which functionally ignored child abuse for decades, has responded to an abuse crisis with a branding campaign." This matches my experience & observations.
5/ In 2015 I was invited to speak at a USA Swimming SafeSport conference: “It was them using me as a victim show pony. There was no significant content on actually preventing sexual abuse, and I left the conference going, ‘Why does this even exist?’” Again: Why does it exist?
6/ As long as SafeSport efforts are more focused on marketing than preventing child sexual abuse, and as long as the USOC and NGBs are resistant to pervasive, cultural change, athletes will be at risk. @Hogshead3Au END…
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