USA Hockey is introducing its Abuse Prevention Program SafeSport this year and Colorado Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is taking huge steps to make sure all Colorado hockey clubs are on board. Michelle’s efforts were and integral part of the roll-out of the SafeSport Program. Learn more about Colorado Amateur Hockey Association’s SafeSport Program.
Michelle Peterson was interviewed for this article and speaks about how competitive youth-sports cultures in the United States, combined with lack of oversight and outright cover-ups, have created a dangerous environment for young athletes. unprotected By: Rachel Sturtz, Outside Magazine November, 2014
Source: CBS 4 Denver News Posted April 16, 2015 DENVER (CBS4)– State lawmakers are once again debating a bill to require background checks for volunteers with youth sports organizations. Read the full article.
On March 22, 2013, Colorado Bill SB 13-012, sponsored by Michelle Peterson, Senator Rollie Heath and Representative Jonathan Singer became law. On March 22, 2013, SB 13-012 which was sponsored and developed by Michelle Peterson, Senator Rollie Heath and Representative Jonathan Singer became law. Governor Hickenlooper signed the law which requires Coaches of Private Youth Sports Organizations to Read more about Michelle Peterson Plays Major Role in New Colorado Law[…]
Source: Q Radio Show-CBC Radio March 19, 2015 Hear Michelle discussing the prevalence of child abuse in youth competitive sports and how our culture’s increased pressure on young athletes makes them more vulnerable. Listen to the interview here. (Season 2015, Episode 300204988)
Source: 850 KOA Radio, Denver, CO March 2015 Hear Michelle Peterson talk to KOA Radio about the bill in the Colorado legislature would require youth sports organizations to run background checks on their coaches and volunteers. Read more and hear the interview.
Michelle M. Peterson worked with Senator Rollie Heath on the Colorado Senate Bill 13-012 Mandated Reporter List. Michelle was instrumental in adding private club coaches to the mandated reporting list on child abuse for the state of Colorado. The hearing was the week of January 27th, 2013. Michelle testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Read more about Participation in the Colorado Senate Bill 13-012 Mandated Reporter List[…]
Source: Longmont Times Call Local News January 10, 2015 By John Fryar Bill proposes background check for youth sports organizations’ employees, volunteers Michelle Peterson, a Hygiene child- abuse prevention consultant who worked in 2013 to gain passage of an abuse-reporting law to protect kids in club sports… Read the full article.
Hygiene mom and forensic interviewer was force behind new mandatory reporting law Read the complete article: Longmont TimesCall, April 6, 2013
Michelle was a featured contributor in the Winter/Spring 2012-13 issue of Colorado Law Enforcement Officer Magazine. See her article Child Sex Abuse Investigations: 12 Best Practices for Law Enforcement. See page 18 for the article.