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From the Winnipeg Free Press–How is Manitoba keeping sport safe for kids? Abuse occurs in all sports, according to Child Help, Speak Up Be Safe. Studies indicate 40 to 50 per cent of athletes have experienced some form of abuse, from mild harassment to severe abuse. Research suggests that sexual abuse in sports impacts between two to eight per cent of all athletes.

Sports culture failed Kyle Beach and many others. Manitoba has numerous programs in place to limit the possibility of athletes being abused.

Sport culture failed former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach, and unfortunately, many others like him. We get our kids involved in sports to help them grow as human beings. To build their confidence, have fun, stay active and learn how to be part of a team.

But, unfortunately, the grooming process for abuse exists in sport. Athletes build a strong level of trust for their abusers, and this can lead to detrimental issues of abuse.

When the story about Beach first surfaced, many of us talked about what should have been done and what could have been done to not only stop this from happening altogether but also how it should have been dealt with when he first approached the NHL.

I wanted to understand what sport in Manitoba, specifically, is doing to help keep sport safe for kids. To begin, there are numerous levels of keeping sport safe for kids. There is physical safety, for example, in terms of concussion awareness, equipment preparedness and the training of officials. This article will delve into what Sport Manitoba and the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) it oversees are doing to keep sport safe.

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