DRAW THE LINE

Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.

The coach spends extra time with a player - on and off the field.

Do you tell someone?

Why Draw the Line

When we look away, we allow sexual violence to continue. 85% of sexually abused children and teens are abused by someone they know. The law protects children under 18 from sexual exploitation: any sexual contact between a child younger than 18 and a person of authority is legally considered sexual assault. If you suspect or are certain of an assault of a child under 16, you are required by law to report it to the Children's Aid Society.

When to Draw the Line

Private or closed practices, isolating a player from the rest of his or her teammates, or frequent phone calls and texts are all red flags for possible sexual violence.

How to Draw the Line

There's always more than one option for a bystander. Take a stand safely and do something that you feel comfortable with. You could:

  • Check with the player: "Is everything ok?"
  • Tell someone about it: a peer, parent, or another teammate might have the same suspicions.
  • Go to the authorities: the team administration and/or the police, especially if the player is under 16 (it's the law).

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