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Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse
and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport
Authorization Act of 2017 which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes* from sexual abuse. What exactly
does the Law state?
The Law has a three-pronged approach:

1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected
abuse within a 12 hour period (Connecticut). EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
2. The statute of limitations in CT is extended 30 years after the minor reaches the age of 18.
3. Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
*What is an amateur athlete? Any child or minor under the age of 18. Legislation is available for download
(click here).
What are the requirements for NGB's and NGB-Affiliated?

Reporting: A mechanism that allows a complaint to be easily reported for a reasonable suspicion of Sexual or
Physical abuse/neglect, within a 12 hour period of awareness. Federal regulations state that reports should be
made to a) local law enforcement and b) local/state child protective services c) US Soccer, and d) the US Center
for SafeSport. EVERYONE is a MANDATORY REPORTER.
Mechanism for Reporting: Everyone listed below MUST be contacted when physical or sexual abuse is
suspected
1. Local Law Enforcement Number (call resident trooper)
2. State Department of Children and Families (DCF) 1-800-842-2288 (TDD: 1-800-624-5518)
3. Club Risk Manager Contact Information (Club President)
4. State Association's Main Office - Josh Krusewski, Executive Director, executivedirector@cjsa.org
5. National Governing Body (NGB)
US Soccer Integrity Hotline Number: (312) 528 - 7004
US Soccer: https://www.ussoccer.com/integrity-hotline
US Center for SafeSport: https://www.safesport.org/report-a-concern
Mechanism for Reporting (cont.): Other forms of misconduct such as emotional abuse, bullying, hazing, or
harassment.
1. Club Risk Manager Contact Information (every club should have a point person for reporting)
2. Club or BOD Review/Hearing - There should be a process in place to document and address this other
misconduct. The decision of the Club or BOD should be sent to the State Association's State Office (Josh
Krusewski, Executive Director, executivedirector@cjsa.org )

Reasonable Procedures: Policies and procedures aimed at PREVENTING one-on-one interactions between an
amateur athlete who is a minor and an adult.
An individual who is required, but fails, to report suspected child sexual abuse is subject to criminal penalties
including fines and up to one (1) year in jail.
What are the requirements for NGB's and NGB-Affiliated?

Prevention Training: Offer and provide consistent training to adult members who are in contact with amateur
athletes who are minors. Currently there is no mandated training provider. Several program options currently
exist for awareness/prevention training of sexual abuse. Until there is a mandate or law change, you may use
whatever program your organization deems will meet this training requirement. Some programs are currently
available at no cost to the adult or organization. Most programs will take between 75 to 90 minutes to
complete.
The US Center for SafeSport is one example:
• US Center for SafeSport: To enroll in this program just click on the link below, click on "Sign In," click on
"Register." When prompted make sure to select US Soccer as your NGB and then enter the access code
proved below.
o To register or learn more: https://www.safesport.org/
o Access code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M
• In order to complete your course registration you will receive an email to confirm your email address.
You must respond to this email to activate your account.
• Upon completion, print out your certificate and keep on file.
Prohibit Retaliation: Include in your club policy that there can be no retaliation from the club toward those who
are reporting.
What is being done next?

Both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer are developing a strategy to help all State Associations understand,
communicate and manage their abuse prevention programs.
This communication, which follows up on previous communications from both US Soccer and US Youth Soccer,
provides a summary of the new law and the requirements for mandatory reporting. The new law states that The
Center for Safe Sports shall develop training, oversight practices, policies and procedures for implementation by
a NGB. This work is in progress and will be communicated when available.
What else is important to know about this Law? How might my club be impacted?

There are additional and more specific requirements for several categories of youth sports providers listed as
'Applicable Entity' within the Bill. Those listed under this category include:
• National Governing Body (NGB) - Such as the United States Soccer Federation
• Amateur Sports Organization (sanctioned by NGB) - Such as your local State Association and Member
Affiliates (town programs, clubs and leagues)
• Amateur Sports Organizations (NOT sanctioned by NGB) - Such as YMCA, Church Leagues, Municipal
Leagues, Independent Recreation Leagues, Camps, all others
U.S. Center for SafeSport fact sheet: https://www.safesport.org/files/details/78
 
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    Posted July 9, 2018

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    To enroll in this training you must be 13 years old by December 31, 2017. Parents and any adult are also encouraged to certify! if you become a ref this spring, your liscence will be good until the end of 2018

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    For specific questions, please contact CSC Referee assignor John Bugai at jbugaisoccer@gmail.com