PREVENTING ABUSE IN SPORTS TAKES
We hope to inspire that courage
What is Courage First
Courage First is an abuse education initiative created by The Foundation for Global Sports Development to build awareness around sexual abuse in sport.
We collaborate with survivors, universities, and leading abuse prevention organizations to host educational film screenings and discussions panels around the country.
At The Heart Of Gold: Inside The USA Gymnastics Scandal
AT THE HEART OF GOLD: INSIDE THE USA GYMNASTICS SCANDAL
Host a Screening
Watch Sidewinder Films’ compelling documentary, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal to spark discussion and inspire action.
We encourage those hosting a film screening to utilize our Discussion Guide to help foster engagement and to tackle these complex topics together.
Complete the form below or send an email to email@example.com to host a screening today. *required
RESULTS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS
of survey respondents said they feel more prepared to help someone who discloses abuse
of survey respondents said they better understand how predators operate
of survey respondents said they better understand the power dynamics of abuse
DOWNLOAD THE DISCUSSION GUIDE
To delve deeper into the complexities presented in the film, we encourage you to use our Discussion Guide. The guide provides viewers with thought-provoking engagement activities as well as education on how to continue the conversation in your own community.
When hosting a screening — virtual or in-person — please be prepared to provide the following items to your audience members:
Content Warning: This film contains details of sexual abuse some may find disturbing. Sensitive viewers, please be advised. Given the subject matter, viewers may have a strong reaction to parts of the film. Though visuals are not graphic, much of the information in the documentary is of a sensitive nature. We encourage you to practice self-care as you watch the film. This may include taking breaks, checking in with yourself, and reaching out to a trusted loved one or support resource.
On-Site Counseling: If you are hosting a film screening, it is your responsibility to provide resources to your audience. If possible, please have someone trained in crisis or sexual assault support in attendance to assist if a viewer is inspired to disclose abuse. At a minimum, you should provide contact information for local and national support organizations (please see below).
Respond to a Disclosure: In the event of an abuse disclosure or suspected abuse, it is important to understand reporting guidelines and best practices. We put together this free guide to accompany film screenings, assist you in supporting survivors, and educate around prevention.
UC Speaks Up
We have partnered with UC Speaks Up to bring Courage First to University of California students. Together, we offer students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to participate in virtual screenings and discussions of the Emmy-nominated At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (ATHOG)
About the Project
This partnership was born out of research done by UC Speaks Up and the UC Global Health Institute examining sexual violence prevention among collegiate athletes. The research shows that current resources for sexual violence support have been limited and additional programs for sexual violence prevention are necessary.
About UC Speaks Up
The research team at UC Speaks Up is led by three small but deeply committed teams of student, staff, and faculty investigators from UCLA, UCSD, and UCSB. Their work is supported by the UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) and the UC Global Health Institute’s Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise
WATCH DISCUSSION PANEL RECORDINGS
All research team members have received formal training on trauma-informed practices, research ethics and compliance, how to conduct safe and ethical research on intimate partner violence, and qualitative research methods. UC Speaks Up is equipped with resources to support survivors that are confidential and accessible both on and off campus.
Stewards of Children® Training from Darkness to Light
Organization leaders, staff, and parents create the first layer of protection for youth, and they are ultimately responsible for ensuring all children and teens remain protected from abuse. In the event abuse occurs, adults must follow all protocols and procedures swiftly to fully address the issue.
We have teamed up with Darkness to Light to provide online certification, free of charge, through their Stewards of Children® program.
Click here to begin training and receive certification at no cost
RESPONDING TO A DISCLOSURE
In the event of an abuse disclosure or suspected abuse, it is important to understand reporting guidelines and best practices. We put together this free guide to accompany film screenings, assist you in supporting survivors, and educate around prevention: