The NFL has made an unprecedented financial gift to help prevent sexual abuse and to support victims of sexual and domestic assault.
After several mishandled domestic violence incidents, the National Football League (NFL) has taken a major step towards abuse prevention and victim support. The NFL has committed $10 million to a joint initiative to end sexual violence. This is the first corporate commitment made to this cause. It will help kick start a new entity called Raliance, which will allocate funds to prevention programs across the country. Raliance will also act as a resource center for policy makers, advocates, and service providers who work on behalf of sexual violence victims.
Unfortunately, the NFL’s response to several instances of domestic violence among its players has shown a spotlight on how teams and leagues deal with offenders. Now more than ever, professional sports are being scrutinized for their disciplinary processes, and the NFL has been slowly taking steps to hold its players accountable for sexual violence issues. Its unprecedented gift shows their commitment to the cause, and hopefully it will spur other leagues to consider similar pledges. It will be interesting to see if leagues proactively give financial support for these causes moving forward, rather than reactively as a response to player misconduct.
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