Preventing Sexual Abuse in Disability-Specific Sports Organizations

R3 2018-2019 $50,000

Develop sexual abuse prevention programming and model policies for adaptive sports organizations that addresses the unique realities of athletic organizations for people with disabilities.

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  • Communities

    Adults Athletes Boys Bystanders Coaches Disabilities Girls Men Students Women Youth/Adolescents/Young Adult
  • Products

    Curriculum: Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Adaptive Sport Contact IMPACT
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  • Level

    Local National


  • Strengthen Policies

    Strengthen Policies

    Developed a webinar to address organizational policy and leadership for sexual abuse prevention designed for executive directors and program leaders of adaptive sports organizations. 

  • Enhance Partnerships

    Enhance Partnerships

    The project enhanced work with national Paralympic movement leaders and the pilot was expanded to Spaulding Adaptive Sports Boston, the Access Recreation Conference of New England, University of New Hampshire Adaptive Sports, and Maine Adaptive Sports. The project also brought together leaders from Disabled Sports USA, Adaptive Sports USA, and US Center for Safe Sport for continued discussions about the curriculum. 

  • Learning Circles

    Learning Circles

    While initially planned to pilot curriculum modules in the Boston area, adaptive sports organizations in Maine and New Hampshire expressed interest and will be participating in pilot trainings. Presented the curriculum at the Naitonal Adapative Sports Conference in Phoenix.

  • Provide Resources

    Provide Resources

    Created and disseminated a replicable curriculum to adaptive sports that trains staff to recognize and prevent abuse. An organizational policy and leadership for sexual abuse prevention webinar designed for executive directors and program leaders of adaptive sports organizations. 

  • Educate & Train

    Educate & Train

    Piloted a 5-session sexual abuse prevention curriculum for leaders, staff, and volunteers of adaptive sports organizations. Conducted 9 pilot sessions (Goal of 6) reaching a combined total of 210 adaptive sports professionals (Goal of 100).

  • Measure Impact

    Measure Impact

    IMPACT held two focus groups with adaptive sports program staff and one focus group with adaptive sports program athletes. Conducted an anonymous survey of athletes with disabilities from competitive levels ranging from recreational to elite sport. Sought 5 key informant interviews with executive directors and leaders. The pilot curriculum underwent process evaluation prior to finalization. The outcome evaluation was designed in collaboration with the Institute for Community Health. The pretest/posttest assesses changes in knowledge, self-efficacy, behavioral intentions, and the extent to which coaches and trainers are using skills they learned.