On February 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into federal law and became effective immediately.
The law has a three-pronged approach:
- 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.
- The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused.
- Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport has published a series of Parent Tool Kits. While the toolkits are aimed at parents, the information is helpful to anyone wanting to better understand the forms, signs, and means of preventing abuse. To view the complete guide, covering all identified age groups, click on the “complete parent toolkit.” To view a particular age group, click on the associated link.
- Parents of Preschool Children
- Parents of School-Age Children
- Parents of Middle School Youth
- Parents of High School Aged Adolescents
For all other SafeSport educational materials and resources, please visit the SafeSport.org website’s resource library.