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jitschix
1/12/2015 11:37pm,
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I just posted about the difficulties in implementing old and new background check policies in the BJJ world, specifically the new IBJJF policy and the old Machado policy, here:

http://georgetteoden.blogspot.com/2015/01/issues-with-background-check-policies.html

A while back I posted some suggestions for how academies and affiliations could create and execute their own policies, here:

http://georgetteoden.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-prevent-and-deal-with-rape-in.html

Thoughts welcome...

cualltaigh
1/12/2015 11:58pm,
I'm all for background checks within BJJ (and the wider martial arts) although I'm not sure why it would be left until someone is ready to be registered as a black belt to be performed.

Perhaps it is a reflection on the small size of our gym but essentially anyone that may be called upon to assist in the instruction of a class (essentially blue belts up, although a few four stripe white belts qualify) are required to apply for a blue card, which is a working with children police background check. These are registered with the State governing body (although the checks are nationwide) and organisations are informed of any changes in the holder's status.

https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au

A similar requisite for black belt registration could be required, which would keep the governing body (AFBJJ) up to date of any changes.

W. Rabbit
1/13/2015 12:13am,
Not just checks, but training in spotting abuse. Instructors should get trained to help spot inappropriate activity, especially for children's classes.

I can't think of any other time I'd be OK watching my 7 year old get that close to an adult than class, and even then I watch carefully. It'd be nice to know not only that predators are being screened for, but that the ones that get past the screening get noticed.

dex
1/13/2015 3:03am,
In a different setting and country, many churches in Australia run Child Protection workshops which are often compulsory for volunteers as well as a check. Interestingly the guy who runs the ones we go to also offers this training generally which lot of non gov agencies utilise.

I guess this reflects though the benefits of larger organisations. I am sure scouts, the "peak body" reps, maybe dept of sport and rec run workshops for all and sundry. They do help but all organisations are prey for paedophiles.

I work in a CP setting and checks really only detect convictions which in this jurisdiction is not great there are plenty of unconvicted paedophiles. It appears relatively easy to have adverse checks overturned with the help of a decent solicitor. You wouldnt want to infringe on a convicted sex offender's civil liberties.

my coach's check on me when i started working foe him was to tell me he'd kill me if I hurt kids. Works for me but sex offenders at least those good at offending excel at grooming others and deception....fuckers

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Devil
1/13/2015 9:52am,
Not just checks, but training in spotting abuse. Instructors should get trained to help spot inappropriate activity, especially for children's classes.

I can't think of any other time I'd be OK watching my 7 year old get that close to an adult than class, and even then I watch carefully. It'd be nice to know not only that predators are being screened for, but that the ones that get past the screening get noticed.

That's shaky ground if you ask me.

The last thing you need is some 'expert' with two hours of training on how to spot abuse thinking they see inappropriate behavior hiding behind every bush. I don't need any training to know blatant abuse when I see it. And if it's not blatant, maybe I'm wrong about what I think I see and should keep my fucking mouth shut.

Unless it's my kid, of course. If I get the slightest feeling of uneasiness where my kid is involved, it's my prerogative to deal with it as I see fit. But with other people's kids, it's not my place to act on intuition alone.

W. Rabbit
1/13/2015 10:48am,
That's shaky ground if you ask me.

The last thing you need is some 'expert' with two hours of training on how to spot abuse thinking they see inappropriate behavior hiding behind every bush. I don't need any training to know blatant abuse when I see it. And if it's not blatant, maybe I'm wrong about what I think I see and should keep my fucking mouth shut.

Unless it's my kid, of course. If I get the slightest feeling of uneasiness where my kid is involved, it's my prerogative to deal with it as I see fit. But with other people's kids, it's not my place to act on intuition alone.

The BSA was forced to implement adult training and certification, even for parents on trips etc, because of incidents over the years. For a 3 day campout I had to take an online course and complete a certification before I could bunk there (and I was just there to watch my own kid, mind you).

It's not so much to hawk over the instructors etc who are 99.999% of the time going to be perfectly OK. It's to watch for obvious red flags known to accompany predatory behavior...instructors going off alone with students, or inappropriate communication outside class..."grooming" etc. There are a whole slew of "abnormal" things that can occur that unfortunately many people will dismiss or simply not notice.

It's also not limited to instructors. Abuse can happen between kids, teens, or even adult students too...instructors should have some basic training to identify when things are wrong. BJJ class is truly intimate in a way that many other arts are not....so I think some extra caution is justified. Obviously witch hunting is not the goal, the goal is to ID repeated, disturbing behavior that might otherwise go missed in a close contact environment.

It is Fake
1/13/2015 11:01am,
For a 3 day campout I had to take an online course and complete a certification before I could bunk there (and I was just there to watch my own kid, mind you).

You made his point.

Miranda_Jane
1/13/2015 12:53pm,
That's shaky ground if you ask me.

The last thing you need is some 'expert' with two hours of training on how to spot abuse thinking they see inappropriate behavior hiding behind every bush. I don't need any training to know blatant abuse when I see it. And if it's not blatant, maybe I'm wrong about what I think I see and should keep my fucking mouth shut.

Unless it's my kid, of course. If I get the slightest feeling of uneasiness where my kid is involved, it's my prerogative to deal with it as I see fit. But with other people's kids, it's not my place to act on intuition alone.


Hey I'm a long-time lurker on this site, but I registered to post just to respond to this article & train of thought. It's important to me because when I was a kid, I _was_ at a school where a lot of...creepiness....occurred between the instructor and some of his adolescent & teenage proteges.

Look, unless you've seen it before in some first-hand way or have had even some minimal training, you actually probably would not be able to recognize abuse patterns. I don't mean to offend, but trust me when I say that abusers aren't stupid, they won't go after kids whose parents have eagle-eyes on them (like you say you do), and they usually won't openly do anything that is super blatant. All the adult men in positions of authority I knew at this school (the ones who weren't the creep, that is) saw a lot of small signs but never did anything because (a) they didn't feel it was their place and (b) they didn't know enough about abuse at the time to recognize that this stuff was all a HUGE WARNING SIGN and something needed to be looked into. Plus like you they probably felt that since they (a) weren't the kid's parent or (b) weren't directly their teacher, they didn't have a whole lot of right looking into the situation. Unfortunately abusers go for the kids who don't have anyone looking out for them....

I don't know, I don't get why so many guys are like, "If I didn't literally see his penis go into her vagina, I can't say anything." I'm not saying tar and feather the guy giving you the creeps, but maybe start asking around, or talk to some of the kids who might be vulnerable and find out if they start disclosing any other warning signs...Christ, man.

Anyway, so at the place I was at, for years and years nothing was done.

I think any kind of training would help mitigate this "bystander effect" problem, and in fact might be more useful than background checks, given how many pervs escape the system. It can teach you what the subtle warning signs are and how to probe to see if more warning signs are present.

On a different note, I totally support background checks on anyone in a teaching position or working with kids, and it kind of boggles my mind how many martial arts places I've been around over the years scoff at the idea. It's like the absolute minimum decent thing to do here.

I don't know, I realize bullshido can be kind of a hostile place, so I hope y'all don't get really vulgar with me for disclosing this stuff about my life, but I do think someone needs to provide the voice of people who, you know, have actually seen and been victimized by this stuff.

W. Rabbit
1/13/2015 2:02pm,
You made his point.

The training didn't make me an "expert" though as Devil put it, it was short and simple and listed what to watch out for and how/when to report it. It's not always so "blatant" as he put it either, but the guidelines are there to help parents and adult leaders feel like there is a support system there to help protect the kids (beyond the background checks they do on full-time camp staff etc)

I'm not so sure that support system in in place in the BJJ community based on the OP. I don't just worry about my own kid either none of them deserve abuse and I think MA schools are just a high risk area where this kind of contact is concerned...we read about it too not just in BJJ but every other art...there might be more reports of abuse in the martial arts than in the Catholic church, if we went and counted news reports.

You can call it unnecessary or maybe even a bit Orwellian but what else can you do? Often the only thing that stands between a predator and abuse victim is a 3rd party who doesn't say something.

Devil
1/13/2015 2:59pm,
Hey I'm a long-time lurker on this site, but I registered to post just to respond to this article & train of thought. It's important to me because when I was a kid, I _was_ at a school where a lot of...creepiness....occurred between the instructor and some of his adolescent & teenage proteges.

Look, unless you've seen it before in some first-hand way or have had even some minimal training, you actually probably would not be able to recognize abuse patterns. I don't mean to offend, but trust me when I say that abusers aren't stupid, they won't go after kids whose parents have eagle-eyes on them (like you say you do), and they usually won't openly do anything that is super blatant. All the adult men in positions of authority I knew at this school (the ones who weren't the creep, that is) saw a lot of small signs but never did anything because (a) they didn't feel it was their place and (b) they didn't know enough about abuse at the time to recognize that this stuff was all a HUGE WARNING SIGN and something needed to be looked into. Plus like you they probably felt that since they (a) weren't the kid's parent or (b) weren't directly their teacher, they didn't have a whole lot of right looking into the situation. Unfortunately abusers go for the kids who don't have anyone looking out for them....

I don't know, I don't get why so many guys are like, "If I didn't literally see his penis go into her vagina, I can't say anything." I'm not saying tar and feather the guy giving you the creeps, but maybe start asking around, or talk to some of the kids who might be vulnerable and find out if they start disclosing any other warning signs...Christ, man.

Anyway, so at the place I was at, for years and years nothing was done.

I think any kind of training would help mitigate this "bystander effect" problem, and in fact might be more useful than background checks, given how many pervs escape the system. It can teach you what the subtle warning signs are and how to probe to see if more warning signs are present.

On a different note, I totally support background checks on anyone in a teaching position or working with kids, and it kind of boggles my mind how many martial arts places I've been around over the years scoff at the idea. It's like the absolute minimum decent thing to do here.

I don't know, I realize bullshido can be kind of a hostile place, so I hope y'all don't get really vulgar with me for disclosing this stuff about my life, but I do think someone needs to provide the voice of people who, you know, have actually seen and been victimized by this stuff.

If a bunch of other adults saw creepy **** going on, why didn't the parents of the kid? Maybe because they weren't doing their fucking job as parents. Those kids are always going to be at risk because they have shitty parents.

And you didn't describe what these creepy behaviors are that you're talking about. If nobody saw any blatant abuse, maybe this creepiness is just some subjective bullshit that occurred in your mind.

Abuse is abuse. If I saw abuse I'd have my foot directly up somebody's ass and I'd make sure everybody who would listen to me knew about it, including the authorities. But I'm not accusing somebody of being a child molester because I thought he was looking at some kid a little longer than was necessary or because he's a little friendlier than I am. **** that. I'm not trying to ruin somebody's life over a hunch.

Miranda_Jane
1/13/2015 3:13pm,
If a bunch of other adults saw creepy **** going on, why didn't the parents of the kid? Maybe because they weren't doing their fucking job as parents. Those kids are always going to be at risk because they have shitty parents.

And you didn't describe what these creepy behaviors are that you're talking about. If nobody saw any blatant abuse, maybe this creepiness is just some subjective bullshit that occurred in your mind.

Abuse is abuse. If I saw abuse I'd have my foot directly up somebody's ass and I'd make sure everybody who would listen to me knew about it, including the authorities. But I'm not accusing somebody of being a child molester because I thought he was looking at some kid a little longer than was necessary or because he's a little friendlier than I am. **** that. I'm not trying to ruin somebody's life over a hunch.

You're a real ass. Yeah, it's real subjective bullshit in my mind even though I'm telling you that it HAPPENED TO ME and I had other women who, years later, told me very similar and usually more extreme stories. And no, I'm not going to give you more details, because I would really not enjoy having some internet douchebag rake through an extremely traumatic time in my childhood that is extremely difficult to talk about. I wanted to make a contribution to this thread because I have an unusual and pertinent life experience.

By the way, take it from someone who did try to put her "foot up somebody's ass...including the authorities"....it's a lot harder to ruin someone's life over child abuse than you would think. Trust me.

All right, I'm done here. And I hope you feel good about leaving kids with shitty parents out to dry. I was one of them.

It is Fake
1/13/2015 4:19pm,
The training didn't make me an "expert" though as Devil put it, it was short and simple and listed what to watch out for and how/when to report it.
Yes, but you have now written multiple paragraphed responses based on "minimal training." I'll leave your red herring alone.

Devil
1/13/2015 4:48pm,
You're a real ass. Yeah, it's real subjective bullshit in my mind even though I'm telling you that it HAPPENED TO ME and I had other women who, years later, told me very similar and usually more extreme stories. And no, I'm not going to give you more details, because I would really not enjoy having some internet douchebag rake through an extremely traumatic time in my childhood that is extremely difficult to talk about. I wanted to make a contribution to this thread because I have an unusual and pertinent life experience.

By the way, take it from someone who did try to put her "foot up somebody's ass...including the authorities"....it's a lot harder to ruin someone's life over child abuse than you would think. Trust me.

All right, I'm done here. And I hope you feel good about leaving kids with shitty parents out to dry. I was one of them.


Quit telling me to trust you. I don't even know you. You're some random person on the internet.

This is a place for discussion. So don't say something and expect me not to discuss it. You don't get to just drop your opinion as if it's the all powerful truth and expect no questions in return. Having been a victim doesn't automatically make you correct about all things pertaining to abuse.

We're talking about some warning signs that you say people saw. So I want to know what the signs were so I can form my own opinions. If you don't want to talk about it, feel free to run along. I will assume you can't support your opinions because they're probably bullshit.

You did realize you were posting this on the internet and not in your own personal diary, correct?

dex
1/13/2015 5:09pm,
From a threshold point of view in the jurisdiction I work in you need what would be considered by the general population to be significant in order for anyone's life being "ruined"

The education is important not not make "experts" but at least raise awareness and open a pathway to reporting suspected abuse. At the end of the day CP services and the police will filter out a lot of reports anyway.



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Permalost
1/13/2015 5:13pm,
I never had a background check when I taught kung fu (to kids and adults), but my FMA teacher said he did background checks on potential students before even starting training. I wondered how thorough this was though, because on one hand he was an old man teaching out of his garage so probably wouldn't be too extensive, but on the other hand some of his top students were in law enforcement.

Devil
1/13/2015 5:14pm,
If someone can explain exactly what one is expected to learn in these magical abuse identification webinars, I'd love to hear about it. I'm sure it's hard hitting, super useful ****.