The program is free of charge and only takes two hours to complete.
After coming out as a victim of former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has launched a campaign called Flip The Switch aimed at teaching adults how to identify sexual abuse among youth athletes. The two-hour program is completely free of charge for anyone wanting to participate.
The #FlipTheSwitch campaign is a partnership between Raisman and Darkness to Light, a non-profit whose mission is to teach adults techniques that can be used to prevent child abuse. Since speaking at Nassar’s trial, Raisman has become an advocate for youth athletes who may also be victims.
“Sexual abuse is something that needs to be discussed openly — especially now — given the challenges our sport is facing, and all adults should become educated as to how to prevent it,’ Raisman said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “Ignoring the issue, in hopes that it goes away, is unacceptable. Athlete safety must be the highest priority.”
The program focuses on teaching adults that kids often carry the weight of sexual abuse on their own. It also looks to illustrate how many adults have been complicit in sexual assault, even without knowing it. Victims, it stresses, can sometimes be de-incentivized from speaking up because many have been groomed by their abusers. Per the training program, grooming is “a process by which an offender gradually draws a victim into a sexual relationship…