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Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
Solutions · Preventing and dealing with abuse

· King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: 206-632-7273 or 1-800-825-7273
· Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress: 206-521-1800
· RAINN — The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network: 1-800-656-HOPE
How parents can spot trouble before it's too late
A sexual comment by the coach or a pat on the buttocks may seem accidental or innocuous, but it may be a first step in grooming a victim for abuse. Here are other warning signs.
What school districts can do
The law can't do everything that's needed, experts say. Schools need to set down — and enforce — clear guidelines on when and how it may be appropriate to touch students or spend time alone with them.
Misconduct registry, more training needed for Washington coaches
Washington has only to look south to find one way to help protect young athletes. An Oregon state agency shares online all the names of teachers who have been disciplined and why.
Record checks help; vigilance is better
Devon Crosby-Helms has simple advice for parents of athletes: Trust no one.


Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress: Provides information on services and includes a section designed specifically for teens who have been sexually abused.
   Women’s Sports Foundation: Provides guidelines for coaches, athletes, and information on coach-athlete relationships.

RAINN: Nationwide organization that connects callers with their local sexual-abuse crisis center.
   SESAME (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct & Exploitation): Information and resources on sexual abuse by teachers.

How the state investigates teacher misconduct

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