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NCMEC Partners with Universities to Address Abuse in Young Athletes

Since 2012, Dominic O’Dierno has served as manager of the Portland, Oregon-based Amare, LLC, a consulting firm that assists start-ups. Outside of his work with the firm, Dominic O’Dierno commits his time to community-minded organizations such as the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

In May 2021, the NCMEC announced a partnership with athletes from two universities to prevent young athletes from being sexually abused. The athletes involved in the partnership are also students at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University who were victims of sexual abuse by team doctors at each institution.

The point of the partnership is to educate trainers, parents, coaches, and other adults on preventing incidences of sexual abuse from occurring with young athletes. Moreover, the partnership is designed to impart information regarding identifying and reporting acts of sexual abuse that have been committed on an athlete.

According to the son of the founders of NCMEC, Callahan Walsh, having abuse survivors participate in educating those involved with athletes at the collegiate level is important in curbing the incidence of abuse. Moreover, their roles are important in dismantling the culture of silence, which has allowed this abuse to continue in sports.

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