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Video: Player's Health explains SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017

By US Club Soccer, 09/04/18, 7:55PM EDT


On Feb. 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The legislation is available for download here. The U.S. Center for SafeSport has released a fact sheet about the legislation, and here is a video PSA about the Center.

In addition to these aforementioned resources, Players First partner Player’s Health has released a video (below, and linked here) to easily explain to clubs, coaches and parents what’s expected of them in this SafeSport Authorization Act.

Here is additional detail on the specific mandatory reporting of child abuse requirements included in the new legislation, which can also be found – among other details – on US Club Soccer’s Child/Sexual Abuse Prevention web page:

  • The bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to all adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition. These individuals are called “covered individuals” in the new legislation.
  • Child abuse is defined as physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a child.
  • Per current federal regulations, reports of child abuse should be made to the local law enforcement agency or local child protective services agency that has jurisdiction to investigate reports of child abuse or to protect child abuse victims or to the FBI. These regulations have not yet been updated to reflect the recent change in the law. Until such time as the regulations are updated, U.S. Soccer will make reports to (1) local law enforcement where any alleged incident took place to the extent it can be determined and the incident occurred in the United States, (2) local law enforcement where the victim resides if different than (1), and (3) the FBI.
  • An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties including fines and up to one year in jail.
  • These obligations are in addition to any state law requirements that an individual may have in a particular jurisdiction.


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