Approximately 45 million U.S. children and adolescents participate in organized sports each year, and between 40-50% disclosed they have experienced some form of abuse throughout their athletic career. Until now, there has not been a dedicated resource to ensure every athlete is safe throughout their sport career. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 designated the U.S. Center for SafeSport to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the responsibility for developing policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes. The Center responds to reports of allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their recognized National Governing Bodies (NGBs), oftentimes in parallel with law enforcement. This presentation will outline the Center’s investigation process, and you will learn how your role intersects with new federal laws. Additionally, our data driven prevention strategies will highlight how the Center is committed to provide training and best practice policies to all those involved in sport and even outside of sport.
Grasp the role and function of the US Center for SafeSport.
Recognize the prevalence of abuse and how it intersects with sport.
Understand the Response & Resolution process provided by the US Center for SafeSport.
Comprehend how to collaborate with the US Center for SafeSport.
Identify at least two new prevention resources provided by the Center that were previously unknown.