Promoting respect is aim of coaches’ training

The Sexual Violence Prevention Network of Chester County will host two Coaching Boys into Men training events in November, designed to provide athletic coaches with the resources needed to promote respectful behavior among their players.

Two free training sessions will be held at the Chester County Government Services Center room 171, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester, on Monday Nov. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

“Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men, often serving as a role model or mentor to the boys they coach,” said Jeanne Casner, Chester County health director, “Because of these special relationships, coaches are uniquely poised to positively influence how young men think and behave both on, and off, the field.”

In addition to promoting respectful behavior, the Coaching Boys into Men program addresses ways in which coaches can help prevent relationship abuse, harassment, and sexual assault.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three women and one in four men will experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes. One in five women have been raped, and one in two women have experienced some form of sexual assault. Many of those affected were abused before the age of 18.

The training is free but registration is required. Click on the links below to register for the training:

Registration will be open through Wednesday, November 12, 2014. For questions about the training, call Lindsay Smith, Public Health Educator for the Chester County Health Department, at 610.344.5209 or email

The Sexual Violence Prevention Network of Chester County is co-chaired by the Chester County Health Department and the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County.

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