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Sens. Donnelly/Young bill would crack down on sex abuse in amateur athletics

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U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Todd Young, R-Ind., have joined a bipartisan group of senators and former members of the USA Gymnastics national team in calling on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that would require amateur athletics governing bodies to immediately report sex-abuse allegations to law enforcement and strengthen oversight of member gymnasiums and coaches.

Donnelly and Young “participated in a press conference after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act, the legislation that Donnelly, Young, and a bipartisan group of Senators introduced earlier this month,” according to a joint statement released today.

“The Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act stems from recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo,” the statement said. “The legislation would require amateur athletics governing bodies to immediately report sex abuse allegations to local or federal law enforcement, or a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department.”

“The bill also would amend the Ted Stevens Amateur and Olympic Sports Act, which governs amateur athletics governing bodies, to make it safe and easy for victims to report abuse and mandate oversight of member gymnasiums to ensure strong sexual-abuse prevention policies are implemented,” the statement added. “For example, USA Gymnastics would implement and enforce policies to ensure coaches and personnel are trained in sexual abuse prevention.”



Posted 3/30/2017




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