Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues
Together with my co-chair Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) and vice co-chairs Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), we work to lead the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. The caucus is an important, bipartisan forum to discuss major policy issues of our day with a focus on how these issues impact women and families. It is comprised of all 88 Republican and Democratic women House Members. In the past, this caucus has been a driving force for a strong Violence Against Women Act and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
In 2017, members of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues worked together to introduce and pass H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act, which requires amateur athletic governing bodies to:
- promptly report suspected cases of abuse to law enforcement,
- institute mandatory training for all members of the national governing body or a facility under the jurisdiction of the national governing body and adults authorized by such members to interact with minor or amateur athletes, and
- implement policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse.
The Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act stems from recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo. According to the Indianapolis Star, over the past 20 years, at least 368 victims, many of whom were young athletes, were subjected to sexual abuse by coaches, doctors or other adults affiliated with USA Gymnastics. Although USA Gymnastics received reports of abuse, victims claimed that USA Gymnastics allowed the abuse allegations to remain dormant, including complaints made against coaches who trained and abused young athletes in multiple states.
Watch a video of Rep. Frankel and me talking about the H.R. 1973 immediately after it passed the House here.
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