Have the chat: Talking about dating abuse with our youth.
A new study has found that when sports coaches included a discussion about violence in dating abuse with their male players – they gave examples, and stress the importance of speaking our when they see abusive behaviour toward women. Although the effect was small compared to a control group that didn’t have the discussions, the athletes who did receive the chat were more likely to say they would intervene with a peer if they saw abuse. The coaches focused on changing a culture of acceptance within the teenage circle.
As pastors who deal with youth in confirmation are we not well-positioned to do the same?
Here’s a Washington post story with more details about the study:
Date: March 26, 2012