WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Multiple U.S. Senators, March 6, 2017 introduced legislation to require amateur athletics governing bodies to immediately report sex-abuse allegations to local or federal law enforcement, or a child-welfare agency designated by the Justice Department.

“The bill stems from recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo.

“The bill would also amend the Ted Stevens Amateur and Olympic Sports Act, which governs amateur athletics governing bodies, to make it safe and easy for victims to report abuse and mandate oversight of member gymnasiums to ensure strong sexual-abuse prevention policies are implemented. For example, USA Gymnastics would implement and enforce policies to ensure coaches and personnel are trained in sexual abuse prevention.

“Sexual abuse stays with victims their entire lives. Amateur athletic governing bodies, coaches, and personnel have a special obligation to do all they can to protect young athletes in their care,” said Senator Feinstein. “All allegations of sex abuse must be promptly reported to local or federal law enforcement. Otherwise, they may not be treated with the seriousness that’s required.”

This reporter was telephoned by the mother, (who was referred to this reporter because of  reporter’s Child Athlete Abuse Advocacy), of a USA olympic female athlete, who was distraught and bewildered by what actions to initiate and to whom to report, because she learned that the juisdiction was in limbo, on the airplane, transporting the team, while in transit over international waters, and described other unlawful sexual acts by her coach, recently. “No USA law enforcement will listen to me”, she said.

This reporter advised the mother to report the incidents to Paulo David, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), address: Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. P: +41 (0) 22 917 1234 F: +41 (0) 22 917 0123 David was co-author of this reporter’s ‘bible’, ‘Human Rights in Youth Sport: A Critical Review of Children’s Rights in Competitive Sport (Ethics and Sport) Dec 31, 2004 by Paulo David and Mary Robinson. this reporter received no follow-up, that was recalled.

Child {<18) and Youth (15-24) Amateur Athletes are a Vulnerable, Global “Health Disparity Population”.

Protection from Physical and Psychological (Emotional) Maltreatment and Endangerment and Sexual Abuse and Negligent Care Giving Supervision (Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome), Amateur Athlete Human Rights Disorders and other forms of Violence are mandatory.

“Human Rights cannot be treated separately or in distinct categories because the enjoyment of one Right usually depends on fulfillment of other Rights. However, Human Rights are often divided into two categories:”
• civil and political rights
• economic, social and cultural rights

“Human rights are standards that recognize and protect the dignity of all human beings. Human rights govern how individual human beings live in society and with each other, as well as their relationship with governments and the obligations that governments have towards them.”

“Human rights law obliges governments to do some things, and prevents them from doing others. Individuals also have responsibilities: in using their human rights, they must respect the rights of others. No government, group or individual person has the right to do anything that violates another’s rights:

• Inherent: we are born with Human Rights
• Inalienable: individuals cannot give them up; other individuals cannot take them away
• Universal: they are held by all people, everywhere – regardless of age, sex, race, religion, nationality, income level or any other status or condition [1989 Convention on Rights of the Child, UNICEF, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund]
The Human Rights of Children and Youth have been recognized since the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by 192 countries. Human Rights in Youth Sports by Paulo David published in 2005 is our bible.

Children are to be Protected and properly Supervised while participating in sports. Children are governed by Child Protection and Supervision National and International Laws and Youth by Fiduciary Relationships.

“The future development of competitive sport depends on the creation of a Child-Centered Sport System. This is a particular concern to Athlete Safety 1st

• Inadequate Safety, Health, Care, Welfare
• Failed Child and Youth Custodial Protection and Negligent Coaching Care-Giving Supervision
• Breach of Fiduciary-Athlete Responsibility
• Over Training
• Exploitation
• Human Growth and Development Deprivation
• Physical, Psychological (Emotional) and Sexual Abuse
• Doping and Medical Ethics
• Lack of Awareness and Education
• Child Labor
• Discrimination
• Human Rights Violations
• Poor Accountability of Governments, Criminal Justice Systems, Health and Human Rights Departments, National and International Sports Federations and Associations, Sports Medicine Departments
• Dysfunctional Sports Community: Poor Accountability of School Boards, School Officials, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Attorneys, Doctors, Entire and Parents.
• Drastically Different Environmental Conditions, Heat Waves, Global Warming, Air Pollution
• Obese Sedentary Indoor non-Acclimated Athletes

• Right to non-discrimination 2
• Principles of the Best Interests of the Child 3
• Right to provide appropriate direction and guidance 5
• Right of Development 6
• Right to an identity and nationality 7
• Right not to be separated from their parents 9
• Right to have their views taken into account 12
• Freedom of Expression and Association 13 15
• Protection of privacy 16
• Right to access appropriate information 17
• Protection from Abuse and Neglect and other forms of Violence 19
• Right to Health 24
• Right to Education 28 29

• Right to rest, leisure, recreation and cultural activities 31
• Right to be protected from
1. economic exploitation 32
2. illegal drugs 33
3. sexual exploitation 34
4. abduction, trafficking, and sale 35
5. other forms of exploitation 36
6. Right to benefit from Rehabilitation Care 39
7. Right to Due and Fair Process 40 [Numbers refer to the Treaty Section 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child]

A CHILD-CENTRED SPORT SYSTEM has 10 fundamental principles:
• Equity, non-discrimination, fairness
• Best interest of the child, children first
• Evolving capacities of the child
• Subject of Rights, exercise of Rights
• Consultation, the child’s opinion, informed participation
• Appropriate direction and guidance
• Mutual respect, support and responsibility
• Highest attainable standard of health
• Transparency, accountability, monitoring
• Excellence [Human Rights in Youth Sport by Paulo David, Secretary on Rights of the Child, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nation

Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome (CAAS) is a Short Title for a Clustering of Child (<18) or Youth (15-24 United Nations definition) Athlete Serious Injury, Disease and/or Death, participating in Sports, Recreation, Exercise (SRE) and all other ICD-10 activities, secondary to:
► Physical endangerment, maltreatment and/or abuse
► Psychological (Emotional) endangerment, maltreatment and/or abuse
► Sexual Abuse
► Failed child custodial protection

► Negligent care giving supervision
► Human rights violations
► That were inflicted, caused, created, or allowed to be inflicted, caused, created, directly or indirectly by the Problematic Coach, including the Strength Training, Conditioning and other specialty Coach, Problematic Parent or other Problematic Caretaker Person who has Child and Youth Athlete custodial protection, supervision, care and control during Sports, Recreation and Exercise Participation
► Failure to report the morbidity and mortality to Authorities is Illegal by mandated reporters. [1.] [6.]
► In most United States, Children are minors when less than 18 years of age.
► The United Nations define Youth as persons between the ages of 15-24.

Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome and Cruelty to Children, medical-legal conditions, in SRE should be matters of particular importance to Doctors and Health Care Personnel and should be priority and urgency matters of U.S. Federal and State Governments.

CAAS should summons all Doctors and Health Care Personnel into action for the Awareness and Prevention of these Child Athlete Preventable, Not-Accidental morbidities and mortalities. Likewise all Parents, Coaches, the entire Athletic Community, Athletic Program Administrators and government officials should be summoned.

However, most don’t heed the summons. Coaches, Parents and Doctors have been called-out as the primary culprits for these abnormal behaviors by conscientious, concerned Doctors and advocates for their Prevention.


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