11 Philadelphia youth coaches accused of sexual misconduct

In the last three years, 11 area youth coaches from the Philadelphia region from the Main Line to North Philadelphia to upper Bucks County have been charged with attempting or having sexual contact with a player on a sports team.

Experts agree the number of arrests has increased for such behavior. But the rate of assaults has likely remained the same. The difference, they say, is a heightened awareness, driven in part by the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, for sexually assaulting boys.

The wave of cases in the region has helped spawn legislation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Trenton, New Jersey, training in schools, discussions across the country, and a new attention on the field.

Area wide, new vigilance against sex abuse by youth coaches, from Philly.com

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