On February 14, 2018, Senate bill
S. 534 – Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe
Sport Authorization Act of 2017 – was signed into law and
became effective immediately.
The legislation amends the Victims
of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 and,
among other things: (i) extends reporting duties; (ii) expands
civil remedies; and (iii) designates the United States Center for
SafeSport (the “Center”) to serve as the independent
national safe sport organization.
Information regarding the
legislation is available here: http://safesport.org/files/details/72.
Notably, the legislation requires
USA Swimming and its adult members to report suspected child abuse,
including sexual abuse, to local or federal law enforcement or to a
child-welfare agency designated by the Justice
Department within 24 hours. A failure to
report is subject to criminal penalties.
Additionally, and pursuant to
Article 306 of USA Swimming’s Rules, all USA Swimming Covered
Individuals (as defined by the Center: http://safesport.org/files/details/27) must
report to the Center conduct that could constitute (a) sexual
misconduct, (b) misconduct that is reasonably related to the
underlying allegation of sexual misconduct and (c) retaliation
related to an allegation of sexual misconduct.
Further information regarding how
to report to the Center is available here: https://safesport.org/report-a-concern.
Information regarding USA
Swimming’s reporting requirements is available here: https://usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/governance-lsc/rules-regulations
For more information about USA
Swimming’s Safe Sport Program, or if you have any feedback,
comments or suggestions, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.