SPORTZ! The Canadian Football League just mandated domestic violence training for its athletes and employees

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Elle Beaver

Congratulations to the CFL, which announced Thursday that all its athletes and employees will undergo yearly mandatory training on violence against women. **insert clap emoji**

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Yep. Hooray!

The training is part of a larger policy on violence against women that was developed in partnership with the Ending Violence Association of Canada. It focuses on acknowledging that violence against women is happening across the country and that “men in businesses” (read also: professional male athletes) have a responsibility in preventing sexual and domestic violence.

While this news shouldn’t be celebrated as revolutionary, it is important to recognize that the CFL is proactively implementing an organization-wide strategy to curb domestic violence, even if they are doing so primarily to avoid the controversies that have plagued the NFL in recent (and not so recent) years.

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