This bill would require amateur athletic governing bodies recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (like USA Gymnastics) to report allegations of abuse to law enforcement agencies and develop training, oversight, and internal policies and procedures related to the physical or sexual abuse of any minor or amateur athlete by any adult. All members of the national governing body and adults authorized by the organization to interact with minor or amateur athletes would be required to immediately report all allegations of sexual abuse that they reasonably suspect occurred to police.
The national Olympic governing body would also establish a mechanism that allows for complaints to easily be filed with the governing body. It would also be responsible for having procedures in place to prevent all amateur, minor athletes from being in a one-on-one situation with an adult who isn’t their guardian without being in an observable and interruptible distance from another adult. The organization would be required to include regular audits by unaffiliated entities of its procedures within its oversight plan. The U.S. Olympic Committee and associated entities would have limited liability.
A U.S. Center for Safe Sport would serve as the independent national safe sport organization and oversee national sports organizations to safeguard amateur athletes against emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in sports. It would have an office tasked with response and resolution to establish mechanisms that allow for the reporting, investigation, and resolution of alleged sexual abuse.