Bipartisan Bill Protecting Our Nation's Athletes SIGNED INTO LAW
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 into law. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) introduced companion legislation last year with her co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL).
“Today the President signed into law a game-changing, bipartisan bill that prioritizes the safety and well-being of our nation’s athletes,” said Brooks. “We must ensure our youth are safe when they go to the gym, take the ice or run onto the fields to practice their sport. Young athletes look to their coaches, instructors and trainers as role-models and this bill works to ensure our athletic national governing bodies support a culture within their organizations to foster safe and healthy relationships between coaches, instructors, trainers and the athletes they train through policies and procedures that prevent, detect and report allegations of abuse to law enforcement in an appropriate and timely manner. I am proud this bill has been signed into law today for all of our past, present and future athletes who dedicate hours of training to perfect their sport or dream of the Olympic stage.”
“This week, the spotlight has been on amazing young athletes competing at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang,” said Frankel. “Their stories of training, injuries, sacrifice, and perseverance remind us that for many, following their dreams came at a cost. But what is not acceptable is the suffering of the brave Olympic gymnasts, who after telling harrowing stories of abuse by U.S. National Olympic Doctor Larry Nassar have sparked this legislation, which will protect future young athletes from sexual predators. They’re not only Olympic champions, but champions of human rights.”