Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Works to Protect Our Nation's Athletes

Jan 29, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) voted to pass the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. Before the vote, Brooks spoke in support of the bill on the House Floor.

Watch Brooks speak on the bill on the House Floor here.

To read an op-ed by Brooks and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on this bill, click here.

BACKGROUND

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 holds national amateur athletic governing bodies to newer and higher standards.

Specifically, it amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to require amateur athletic governing bodies — the organizations responsible for training amateur athletes — and individuals who interact with our amateur athletes to report any suspected abuse. Any individual who interacts with our amateur athletes must report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours. If they fail to do so, they will be held accountable by the law.

Importantly, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 designates the United States Center for Safe Sport, an entity created last year by the U.S. Olympic Committee that is responsible for overseeing organizational reforms, to develop, implement and enforce policies, procedures and mandatory training for national governing bodies and their members.

The Center will ensure that when reports of abuse are made, they are investigated. It protects those who report abuse from retaliation and requires that until the investigation is closed, an adult who is subject to allegations of abuse against a minor is prohibited from interacting with minors.

Brooks introduced companion legislation last year with her co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Caucus, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL), that passed the House with a vote of 415-3.

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