I’m really sad to share that another incident of sexually predatory behavior in FIRST has been uncovered. My heart goes out to the victim and I find it worrying that it’s been three days since the article was published and it hasn’t even shown up as a blip on this communities radar.
It is on EVERY ONE of us to keep this community safe by knowing what the warning signs look like. FIRST has good resources for teaching this stuff on their Youth Protection Program resource page, but it only helps if people take the time to go through it.
We need to remember that silence is complicit. By taking ownership of these incidents and refusing to pretend they didn’t happen, we can create a FIRST community where abuse victims feel that reporting assault will actually get them the help they deserve and prevent others from getting hurt. That means we need to #MakeItLOUD in our support for the victims and our condemnation of this behavior.