AMEND CHILD PROTECTION LAW TO INCLUDE CHILD ATHLETES

With current Federal Child Protection Laws, anyone with knowledge of Child Endangerment, Maltreatment, Physical, Psychological and Sexual Abuse and Neglect should report the abuse to both CPS and the County Attorney. The Prevention of Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome is very important for our Children.

However, states’ Performance, Procedures and Actions for implementation of Federal CAPTA 2010, PL 111-320 are not exactly similar after receiving funds and grants.

Currently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is investigating “the key to Unlocking USA Swimming’s Dirty Sex Abuse Secrets” and “the weaknesses in reporting laws and policies in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University and abuse scandals at other schools.”

U.S. Rep. George Miller, CA, and the committee that initiated the investigation reported that they and the GAO are continuing to gather information on “how programs are currently working under CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Reauthorization Act), and since it is not up until 2014 they will likely begin hearings on the bill 2014.”

Review of the plan and future funding for states and agencies for the 2014-2019 year cycle plan is up in 2014 after completion of the 2009-2014 cycle plan. “There have been three complete five-year plan cycles since the process began in 1994.”

The committee will likely begin hearings on the bill and hopefully consider the Athlete Safety 1st amendment to CAPTA 2010 that I have submitted to government officials. The amendment when fully promulgated and publicized should become widespread U.S. public policy, thereafter.

Child Athlete Sexual Abuse, by club and all swim Coaches should be deemed unlawful U.S. public policy following the amendment.

It is imperative that our advocacy voices are heard when congressional testimony begins.

THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS A KEY SOLUTION

• {the Following is a Proposed additional Public Health Amendment to Section 3. Paragraph 2., an innovation by Athlete Safety 1st, as suggested in 2005 by the U.S. Surgeon General. The New Language is Capitalized and a recommended addition to S. 1877 described below}:

(A) any recent act or failure to act, on the part of a parent or caretaker, “INCLUDING COACH SUBSTITUTE CARETAKERS OF SCHOOL AND NON-SCHOOL SPORTS, RECREATION AND EXERCISE”, that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation, or an act or failure to act that presents an imminent risk of serious harm; or

• {the Following is a Proposed Amendment S. 1877 by Senators Casey and Boxer Language Capitalized Senate Bill 1877 (S. 1877 currently in Senate Committee awaiting action}:

(B) >ANY DELIBERATE ACT<, on the part of an individual other than a parent or caretaker, that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, or sexual abuse or exploitation, or that presents an imminent risk of serious harm to a child.’

Either S. 1877 or the Athlete Safety 1st amendment (A) should be enacted. The wording in the Athlete Safety 1st amendment is preferred, because the wording is more accurate.

STATES MUST COMPLY WITH CAPTA 2010

• State Child Abuse Performance Procedures and Actions should reflect CAPTA 2010 because of the Federal Funds and Grants received by States.
• States are mandated to alter their powers, duties and management functions satisfying CAPTA 2010 compliance with the purposes for which the Federal Funds and Grants are made available to States by Federal Law
• All forms of Child Abuse in all venues including Sports, Recreation and Exercise must be eradicated.
• State guidelines must be more strictly enforced if they are to continue to receive Federal Funds and Grants
• Enacting one law at a time for the most popular Injury and/or “sport of the day” is a disservice to other Child Athletes.
• Enacting one law at a time doesn’t address the Entire Child Abuse and Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome Epidemic.
• Federal and State Control over Child Athlete Abuse will be eviscerated when Cherry Picked. No Abused Child Athlete Should be left behind the Child Abuse Tree.

Uniting in integrated testimony, moving forward, is key to the Prevention of Child Athlete Abuse.

My University of Kentucky football coach, Bill Arnsparger, in his book Arnsparger’s Coaching Defensive Football said that my other Coach, Blanton Collier, taught him ” you can accomplish a lot of things if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

This is about Child Athlete Safety. Let’s unite and insure that CAPTA 2010 includes Child Athletes among those children to be protected in the next and following CAPTA cycle plans.

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