Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Kids and sports: staying true to our core values in a sports-crazed world

Athletic competition gives us an important window into American society. Whether it takes place on a tennis court, soccer field, track and field, in a swimming pool, hockey rink, baseball diamond, or football stadium, many Americans are sports-crazed society. Living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I see every day how our powerhouse college basketball team, the pride of UNC, shapes important aspects of the University of North Carolina, the town of Chapel Hill, and even our state’s laws and... Read more

Academic fraud at UNC was like a systematic cancer that requires treatment

The University of North Carolina’s new report about 18 years of academic fraud that kept athletes eligible to play sports is national headline news, and as you can expect, these revelations are rocking Chapel Hill. You may wonder why I am writing about this on a blog about “protecting child safety at all levels of society.” While this case may not explicitly be about child safety (though it does have connections), it is such an important case of a school being able to look... Read more

Elliot Rodger’s rage: taking our social script to a violent extreme

My grief about Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara killing rampage takes me to an almost wordless place. But I think it’s important to find my voice and try to address it. Two distinct perspectives on the topic of masculinity and socialization came together today that make sense to me. It just happens that today was the day that I needed to watch a TEDx talk by Joe Ehrmann of Coach for America. Erhmann talks about three words that are one of the most culturally destructive mandates in... Read more

Universities realize that they are youth-serving organizations: a starting point for creating safety policies

The Penn State child abuse scandal opened the eyes of college administrators across the country. How could Jerry Sandusky molest children for more than a decade within programs that operated in the facilities of the revered Penn State football program? The answer to that question is a complicated one to be explored elsewhere, but the scandal has made colleges and universities across the country aware that the are actually youth-serving institutions as well. This is a real wake-up call,... Read more

Jerry Sandusky: Justice delayed but finally delivered

I am grateful to the ten brave young men testified against Jerry Sandusky, and relieved that Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse. Perhaps now we will truly open our eyes to the real and present danger of child sexual abuse. The young men who testified were so courageous to step up in a situation that is so painful and potentially full of shame and bad memories. Even though they did nothing wrong, we can only imagine how difficult it was for them to testify. By stepping up... Read more

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