Why Sexual Abuse Prevention Education?

YPAD's mission is keeping kids happy, healthy, and safe in all dance environments. Working with children is an honor and a privilege and requires us to be aware of their emotional and physical health. Unfortunately, all youth-centered activities are vulnerable to sex-abuse. That does not mean those activities themselves should be avoided and are not healthy, joyful and amazing. Sex-abuse is not specific to dance, gymnastics, soccer, or any one activity. However, there are no regulations for studio/convention/competition owners or dance teachers to have training in this area or even be background checked. That means the responsibility of safety lies on us as the adults to self-regulate through education. That education will guide and create the culture and values of our community and keep youth happy, healthy, and safe.
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