Time to spell out right and wrong behavior
As another case of sexual abuse hits the news, this time involving two former teenage divers and their coach, it’s obvious more must be done to educate young athletes — and the coaches, trainers and doctors they encounter.
The two divers are suing the coach, Will Bohonyi, as well as Ohio State University and USA Diving, accusing them of ignoring or obstructing inquiries into allegations that the coach sexually abused them when they were young athletes.
Please don’t misintepret this; we are not blaming the victims. Quite the contrary; the athletes we’ve been hearing about are as youthfully gullible as they are innocent.
And that’s exactly what those who prey on them take advantage of, their naivete. That’s why it is appropriate for parents and school counselors to advise these vulnerable youths about appropriate and inappropriate behavior by members of athletic staffs.
Meanwhile, a code of ethical conduct should be made very clear to the staffers who have access to these youngsters.
And, considering the wave of accusations revealed as part of the #MeToo movement, it appears this information would be valuable to potential victims and abusers later in their careers.