Courage First Partnership:
Preventing Abuse Through Film

About the Partnership and the Project

Sexual abuse in sports
Sexual abuse is common in sports, including among (but not limited to) professional and intercollegiate athletics. One of the most publicized cases of violence in sports involved Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of hundreds of young athletes within USA Gymnastics and at Michigan State University. To give voice to survivors of Nassar and raise awareness about the importance of preventing abuse in athletic systems, the Foundation for Global Sports Development (GSD) and their media division, Sidewinder Films, produced the documentary, At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (ATHOG).

Our Partnership and Our Goals
In 2020, UC Speaks Up established a new partnership with Courage First  (GSD’s sexual-abuse prevention program)  to offer University of California (UC) students the opportunity to participate in virtual screenings and discussions of  ATHOG. The virtual events aim to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and resources available to survivors across the UC system. This work directly responds to UC Speaks Up research that examined sexual violence prevention among intercollegiate NCAA athletes at UCLA, UCSB and UCSD. Findings suggested barriers exist to UC student-athletes’ awareness about and access to resources for sexual violence support, and that additional programs for sexual violence prevention are necessary.

Partners

Media

UCLA TEAM

  • Kamila Tan, BA, MPH PROJECT COORDINATOR
    FIELDING SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES, UC LOS ANGELES
  • Olivia Almon UCLA Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Major in Sociology / Minors in Public Health and Environmental Systems and Society
  • Jennifer Wagman, PHD, MHS PROJECT DIRECTOR
    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
    FIELDING SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES, UC LOS ANGELES
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