“The U.S. Center for SafeSport is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded through charitable giving.”
“The cornerstone of the organization’s mission is education through awareness, resources and training.”
[News Room, U.S. Center For SafeSport]
“The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) today announced the formation of an independent advisory council to guide the launch of the United States Center for Safe Sport. The council is charged with providing ‘industry expertise’ to support and inform the center during its start-up phase through June 2015.
“The USOC’s board of directors unanimously approved the creation of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport in June 2014 based on recommendations from the USOC’s Safe Sport Working Group. The independent entity will oversee education programs for safe sport, and investigate and adjudicate claims of misconduct in sports that are managed by USOC-sanctioned National Governing Bodies.
“There is no national agency today that is responsible for the safety and well-being of young athletes and we’re in position to lead this important effort,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.
“The National Center for Safe Sport will help fill that vacuum by providing training and resources, promoting open dialogue and conducting investigations on a national level.”
[Gold Medal Mel Stewart | February 09th, 2015 | Industry, News, Swim Swam]
“The U.S. Olympic Committee appointed a seven-person advisory council to help with the startup of an independent agency that will investigate sex-abuse claims inside Olympic sports.
“The USOC approved $5.2 million in funding over five years beginning this year; national governing bodies will match that and the USOC is looking for outside contributors to provide the final $5 million it will take to run the program.
[U.S. Olympic Committee appoints council to oversee Safe Sport startup Colorado Springs AP Feb. 9, 2015]
INTRODUCING THE U.S. CENTER FOR SAFESPORT
• The SafeSport Code identifies prohibited conduct and serves as the benchmark by which the Center determines whether or not a policy violation has occurred. • Aggregate data from Center investigations will be used to identify trends and patterns across sport, strengthening national prevention efforts.
LAUNCH & PURPOSE
“We are pleased to announce the U.S. Center for SafeSport, located in Denver, Colorado, will open in March 2017. Through its abuse prevention and response programming, the Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety, on and off the playing field. Specifically, the Center will provide education and prevention resources related to: • Emotional misconduct • Physical misconduct • Sexual misconduct • Bullying • Hazing • Harassment
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
“The Center’s Education and Outreach Office will administer national prevention programming, raise issue awareness, and provide resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse. • The Center will provide education materials, including talking points, fact sheets, brochures and training materials, and will centralize best practices. • The Center will offer sport organizations easy access to educational opportunities for their coaches, staff, volunteers, parents and athletes.
THE SAFESPORT CODE
“The SafeSport Code outlines prohibited conduct related to emotional, physical and sexual misconduct. There is no statute of limitations on possible violations of the SafeSport Code, and alleged violations need not have occurred in the context of sport. • Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Gymnastics • USA Gymnastics or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes • Identified by USA Gymnastics as being within the Center’s jurisdiction The Center will have the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct. USA Gymnastics will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations that are non-sexual in nature. Although, at USA Gymnastics’ request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on cases of this nature. USA Gymnastics is excited to utilize the Center’s services and will provide additional information in the coming weeks
RESPONSE AND RESOLUTION
“The Center’s Response and Resolution Office will investigate and resolve alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement’s 47 member National Governing Bodies, including USA Gymnastics.
JURISDICTION AND AUTHORITY
“The Center has jurisdiction over Covered Individuals. These are persons: Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Gymnastics • USA Gymnastics or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes • Identified by USA Gymnastics as being within the Center’s jurisdiction The Center will have the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct. USA Gymnastics will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations that are non-sexual in nature. Although, at USA Gymnastics’ request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on cases of this nature. USA Gymnastics is excited to utilize the Center’s services and will provide additional information in the coming weeks.
[About, U.S. Center For SafeSport]
THIS REPORTERS QUESTION AND STATEMENT:
Is this another collection of arbitrary, capricious rules and regulaltions by a non-governmental oversight agency with no legal authority, no investigation and reporting expertise, and no intention to comply with outside interference by the Rule of Law, and only olympic participation reprimands, fines and sanctions as punishment for the criminal violations of Child Athlete Cruelty and Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome?
Is this another cover-up made to order, another 5O1(c)(3), indpendent, charitable giving drainpipe, depending primarily on charitable contributions, while lacking the full thrust of the will to enforce the law and just ‘all talk’ and no definitive actions?
•The prevention of abuse and cruelty to Child and Youth Athletes,
•promotion of Athlete Safety 1st
•and prevention of criminal and civil risks for coaches before they maltreat Athletes
•because they don’t know about the legal relationship they have with Children who participate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (SRE)
•the definition of circumstances creating or causing CAAS (Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome}
•so that everyone concerned completely understands the legal coach-athlete relationship
•and understands repercussions and risks, when the relationship is violated
•is for everyone’s protection and safety.
These are extremely important When these objectives are accomplished by utilizing Education, Teaching, Scholarship, Research, Advocacy and Legislation.
Sexual abusers, who are able to choose their course of criminal action, will realize that the benefit of the sexual abuse crime will not outweigh the punishment for the crime when appropriately reported, investigated and adjudicated.
For example, the Jerry Sandusky crime was finally procecuted properly and Sandusky will “serve no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in state prison.”[ABC 2012] as will many other offenders, who have been properly prosecuted.
At Penn State, eventual reporting and law enforcement circumvented the attempt to cover-Up the Sandusky crime by university officials, who apparently believed their coach and athletic department were above the law, “a Athletic nation unto its own”.
Hopefully, SafeSport Center will provide and promote prevention, a welcome improvement, and the SafeSport Center will not facilitate “a nation of sport operating unto its own for law enforcement after the fact, the occurence of Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome, child Athlete Sexual Abuse.
We are in the midst of a ‘Child-Saving Movement’. We must Save Our Children from Child Athlete Cruelty and Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome. Ciminal punishment for Criminal Violations are the main deterrant to all forms of unlawful behaviors. The punishment must fit the crime, while both properly protecting innoncent suspects and prosecuting all guilty suspect parties.
“Punishment deterrence makes sense when ciminal individuals can assess the consequences of their outcomes and choose their course of action accordingly: that is, when they are able to control their own behavior. 37 The utilitarian view presumes that most people will engage in this rational calculation and decide not to engage in criminal behavior. Those who do engage in the prohibited behavior thus represent a problem for the utilitarian that must be explained in one of several ways: the crime was appropriately committed because the benefits of the crime did outweigh its harms to the criminal; 38
“Although I have described the retributivist and utilitarian attitudes toward human control over one’s own actions as similar here, Joshua Dressler contrasts them, stating that “the premise of utilitarianism is that people are generally hedonistic and rational calculators,” whereas “retributivists focus on their view that humans generally possess free will or free choice and, therefore, may justly be blamed when they choose to violate society’s mores.” Joshua Dressler, Understanding Criminal Law 16 (5th ed. 2009) (footnote omitted). Although Dressler’s description may be accurate, both perspectives do rely on an understanding of an individual who is able to choose.
[38, 39 Richard A. Posner, Economic Analysis of Law § 7.2, at 242 (5th ed. 1998); Steven Shavell, Foundations of Economic Analysis of Law 552–56 (2004); Gary S. Becker, Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach, 76 J. Pol. Econ. 169 (1968)., supra note 7, § 7.2, at 242–43 (arguing that a starving man ought to steal a trivial amount of food from an unoccupied cabin in the woods).
[39 See id. § 7.3, at 250–51 (arguing that the theory of criminal sanction is one of deterrence).
[Crime, Punishment, and the Psychology of Self-Control, Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Emory Law Journal]