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house Bill H.R. 1973

Should All USOC-Recognized Amateur Athletic Organizations be Mandatory Reporters of Sexual Abuse?

Argument in favor

USOC-recognized amateur athletic organizations and all people affiliated with them should be required to immediately report allegations of suspected sexual or physical abuse to law enforcement and have procedures in place to prevent such abuse.

Catherine's Opinion
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05/25/2017
Anyone who works with children should be a mandated reporter.
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Abbi's Opinion
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05/25/2017
Sorry, but if you work with kids you are a mandatory reporter. There are too many places where kids go that don't have background checks for employees and a vulnerable kid can become prey. I hate making things mandatory but these are kids and there are too many people covering up crimes. You can't always trust people to do the right thing.
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Wendell's Opinion
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05/22/2017
That's a "no brainier". Wouldn't you want that for your own young person? I thought that already was law.
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There’s no need for USOC-recognized amateur athletic organizations and the people associated with them to be mandatory reporters, or have other policies in place to prevent the sexual or physical abuse of young athletes.

operaman's Opinion
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05/22/2017
Mandatory? What a legal complexity this would expose. If abuse is not reported, legal civil suits may occur. If abuse is reported, the reporting person/organization better be sure the report is substantiated by police or civil judgment. A lawyers paradise either way.
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Gary's Opinion
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05/23/2017
I get the idea, and these things need to be promptly reported. But the "mandatory" reporting of what one thinks is " reasonable" is a Pandora's box.
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PoliticalAmateur's Opinion
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05/24/2017
Of course when a sexual assault occurs it should be reported. The problem is in requiring the organization to create training, oversight, etc. This is how business can't afford to operate.
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    Anyone who works with children should be a mandated reporter.
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    Mandatory? What a legal complexity this would expose. If abuse is not reported, legal civil suits may occur. If abuse is reported, the reporting person/organization better be sure the report is substantiated by police or civil judgment. A lawyers paradise either way.
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    Sorry, but if you work with kids you are a mandatory reporter. There are too many places where kids go that don't have background checks for employees and a vulnerable kid can become prey. I hate making things mandatory but these are kids and there are too many people covering up crimes. You can't always trust people to do the right thing.
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    That's a "no brainier". Wouldn't you want that for your own young person? I thought that already was law.
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    I can't believe this isn't already a law. Teachers, day care providers, nurses, and foster parents are mandated reporters. Why aren't coaches?
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    Anyone working with kids should be a mandatory reporter if they become aware of child abuse.
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    Mandatory reporters cannot be sued if the allegations are proved false. The allegations are investigated by the local CPS all of which are confidential. Better safe than sorry with minors. It may prevent future Sanduskis.
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    Sexual abuse should be reported by every organization involved with children
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    Anyone who deals with children should be mandatory reporters. The biggest issue I see raised by the opposition is the risk of legal battles that could arise if concerns were unsubstantiated. That is absurd as daycare and Sunday school teaches are already mandatory reporters. As long as the youth sports staff and volunteers are provided the same legal protections as everyone else this concern is invalid. Children need to be protected.
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    OF COURSE THEY NEED TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE !! THIS IS A PERFECTLY STUPID QUESTION !!!
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    Sexual Abuse should be reported whether or not it is aimed towards just children or adults. The bill tries to attack the issue from different angles aiming to amend Subchapter IV Reporting Requirement as well as other Chapters in the USCODE that deal with definitions of governing body and repercussions for not reporting sexual abuse. I think it is also important to address peoples who have been wrongfully accused of sexual abuse. The proposed amendment to that is still a bit vague and could lead to some issues down the road. To those who are concerned that the bill would weigh to heavily on adult amateur athletes, it specifically aims that portion of the amendment towards amateur athletes that are minors. Overall I think this bill is heading in the right direction.
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    Sexual abuse of children should be reported no matter who you are.
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    EVERYBODY should be mandated to report on sexual abuse of a minor.
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    I get the idea, and these things need to be promptly reported. But the "mandatory" reporting of what one thinks is " reasonable" is a Pandora's box.
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    Why is this even in question? YES! We cannot trust people to do the right thing on their own.
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    Private entities have a mixed record on sex crimes. This will put additional pressure on them to prevent abuse.
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    This needs a vote? Seriously?!
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    Legislating common sense again.
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    Civil liability is already there
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    If someone is aware that a coach is abusing a child and does not report it, they are just as guilty as the perpetrator.
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