ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 28, 2017 - The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued the following statement from John F. Clark, NCMEC president and CEO in response to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act:
As president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, I know that protecting children and providing safe spaces for them to learn, play and grow is central to the mission of every youth-serving organization, including sports organizations.
We believe that the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act will go a long way in protecting youth who participate in elite sports, so we are proud to lend our support to Senators Dianne Feinstein, Charles Grassley and all the other sponsors of this important legislation.
Today’s hearing and press conference on the bill provides an opportunity to further the message that we all must empower parents and our communities to do more to ensure the safety of our children when they compete in sports or participate in other after school or weekend activities.
Because of our role as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues of missing and exploited children, NCMEC created “Safe to Compete” to provide access to resources to empower youth-sports organizations and the families of child athletes to protect those children from sexual abuse. Anyone can go to www.safetocompete.org to get free resources, including tips for parents and age appropriate discussion guides to make conversations about safety easier.