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What is SafeSport?

On February 14, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. 

What exactly does the Law state?

The Law has a three-pronged approach:
1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse within a 24 hour period. EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
2. The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused. 
3. Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent. 

*What is an amateur athlete?  Any child or minor under the age of 18. 

Legislation is available for download (click here).

Who is the U.S. Center for SafeSport?
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. They endeavor to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of the nation’s sports culture through abuse prevention, education, and accountability.

The Center is a trusted educational resource for all sport entities at all levels of sport from grassroots amateur sports organizations to professional leagues. 

Education & Training

I AM THE PARENT OF A CHILD WHO PLAYS SOCCER. HOW DO I SPEAK WITH THEM ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE?

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”), an independent 501(c)(3) organization that receives funding from the U.S. federal government, the USOC, the 50 NGBs (including USSF), as well as a number of third-party individuals and organizations, has created training and age-specific Parent Toolkits designed to assist parents in speaking with their children about sexual misconduct and other forms of misconduct. 

Free online parent training

Age-Specific Toolkits


MY CHILD’S SOCCER CLUB HAS ASKED FOR MY CONSENT TO TRAIN MY CHILD REGARDING SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND CHILD ABUSE. WHY?

In 2018, a new law took effect.  This law, Public Law 115-126, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (the “SafeSport Act”), (sometimes referred to by Organization Members by its bill number, “S.534,”), requires amateur sports organizations to, among other things, offer and provide consistent training to adult members in regular contact with minor amateur athletes and, subject to parental consent, to members who are minors, regarding prevention and reporting of child abuse.

Reporting

HOW DO I REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT?

The SafeSport Act requires “Covered Individuals” to report suspected child abuse within 24 hours. “Covered Individuals” to whom this obligation extends include any adult who is authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes at a facility under the jurisdiction of a national governing body such as USSF, but the law goes further and extends this obligation to “amateur sports organizations,” meaning any not-for-profit corporation, association, or other group organized in the United States that sponsors or arranges an amateur athletic competition out-of-state or internationally. If you are unsure of where to report in your state, search “Nebraska” and “Mandatory Reporter”.  If you cannot find such an agency or the Attorney General has not yet designated such an agency, contact local law enforcement.  

USSF operates an Integrity Hotline available HERE.  In addition, reports may also be made to the Center for SafeSport, including on an anonymous basis, by visiting https://safesport.org and selecting the “Report a Concern” link, or by calling (720) 531-0340.  Reports falling outside the jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport may be referred to law enforcement and/or the applicable NGB or member entity. 

No individual who makes a good faith report shall be subject to retaliation, including harassment or any adverse employment consequence, as a result of making a report.

COULD I BE SUBJECT TO RETALIATION FOR MAKING A REPORT?

USSF does not tolerate retaliation.  No individual who makes a good faith report shall be subject to retaliation, including harassment or any adverse employment consequence, as a result of making a report.


HOW DO I FIND OUT IF MY CHILD’S COACH HAS HAD A COMPLAINT MADE AGAINST HIM/HER?

Under the Federal SafeSport Act, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is authorized to exercise jurisdiction over the USOC, each national  governing body (including USSF), and each Paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, in sports.  Records of final disciplinary action against individuals affiliated with USSF-controlled programs are publicly available through the Center’s searchable database of disciplinary records at: https://safesport.org

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