WOMEN CLAIMING SEXUAL ABUSE PETITION TO RESCIND HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

“19 women claiming sexual abuse by U.S. swim coaches are petitioning International Swimming Hall of Fame to rescind its induction of USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus.”…..”We are survivors and childhood sexual abuse victims of USA Swimming coaches,” the petition begins. [by Eric Adelson May 30, 2014 2:01 PM Yahoo Sports

The USA Swimming Current & Past Presidents wrote a reply to the International Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Directors and copied it to USA Swimming Board of Directors on May 29, 2014. SUBJECT: Support for the ISHOF Induction of Chuck Wielgus

“It has come to our attention that a group is trying to create pressure on the International Swimming Hall of Fame to rescind the induction of USA Swimming Executive Director, Chuck Wielgus. The petition is filled with inaccuracies that we feel the need to correct.

“Each of us has worked directly with Chuck Wielgus over the past 17 years and we wholeheartedly stand behind him and his outstanding accomplishments. We have seen him at his best and during his challenges. At every step of the way, he has been a leader with integrity, vision, compassion, personal accountability and the courage to make the sport of swimming better.

“Whoever wrote the petition missed the mark. Without hesitation, we attest that Chuck is a man of impeccable character who has been recklessly misrepresented. You deserve to know the truth about the man we respect and admire.

“A stalwart leader in the sport of swimming and amateur athletics, he possesses a history of honesty, strong ethics and success that merits his induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

USA Swimming Current & Past Presidents addressed what they deemed were “the inaccurate claims of the petition against Chuck’s induction. But first, here is an insight into the person we know beyond his professional accomplishments. They speak volumes to his character.” And the letter continued. The dispute continued.

“Proper research: A petition should begin with a request, followed by well researched reasons for making the request. Each petition should provide a description of relevant circumstances and links to documentation or facts that support that description. Moreover, a petition should contain information that suggests its request is feasible.”

“Petitions to other non-government Targets can also help to form or shape public opinion and ultimately bring about change.” [How To Write A Petition, Go Petition]

“Signature: A mark or sign made by an individual on an instrument or document to signify knowledge, approval, acceptance, or obligation.”

“The term signature is generally understood to mean the signing of a written document with one’s own hand. However, it is not critical that a signature actually be written by hand for it to be legally valid. It may, for example, be typewritten, engraved, or stamped.”

“The purpose of a signature is to authenticate a writing, or provide notice of its source, and to bind the individual signing the writing by the provisions contained in the document.” [Free Legal Dictionary by FARLEX]

“The International Swimming Hall of Fame took back its invite to USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus on Monday. After a group of 19 women who said they were sexually abused by U.S. swim coaches petitioned the International Swimming Hall of Fame last week, Wielgus withdrew from consideration.”

“The group argued that Wielgus, in his 17 years as executive director, has not effectively combated sexual abuse in the sport during most of his tenure.

“The letter said that as of May 1, 2014, “more than 100 USA Swimming coaches have been banned for life, making this one of the worst sexual abuse scandals in the US Olympics sports world. Many of these coaches had well-known, long histories of sexual abuse, yet Wielgus enabled these men to continue to coach for years.”

19 women victims signed the petition claiming they were sexually abused by their Coach. However, there were an additional 2,000(±) who signed the petition, who were not victims, but were asked to sign, under the following statement that appears to claim that they, too, had knowledge of the victimizations.

“please rescind …… due to… failure to act to protect … .”
Sincerely,
[Your name]

“After significant reflection and discussion, International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) chairwoman Donna deVarona and President/CEO Bruce Wigo, and USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus jointly announce that Mr. Wielgus’ name will be withdrawn from consideration of the Hall of Fame.”

The statement read: “The induction ceremony should be a time to celebrate our sport and the outstanding accomplishments of the individuals being honored. Both ISHOF and USA Swimming believe our mutual decision is in the best interest of the swimming community as a whole and we are committed to working constructively together with other organizations, including the Women’s Sports Foundation, to end sexual abuse and ensure a safe culture for athletes.”
[Hall of Fame rescinds USA swimming director’s invite amid sexual abuse allegations by Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY Sports, June 2, 2014]

“After days of public pressure, USA Swimming and the International Swimming Hall of Fame jointly announced that USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus has withdrawn his name from consideration for induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame later this month.” [ By Eric Adelson, Yahoo Sports, June 3, 2014]

Defamation, concerning the Petition’s accusations, was discussed by Craig Lord in the following reference. “I [Craig Lord] ask myself the following questions – but I find no evidence (not the same as allegation) of a resounding, unqualified “yes” among answers likely to stand up to legal scrutiny:
• did he or USA Swimming deliberately hide evidence of sexual abuse in swimming?
• did he or USA Swimming actively encourage an environment in which perverts could prosper?
• did he or USA Swimming fail to act in the face of legal prosecution of those accused, charged and prosecuted for sex abuse crimes?
• was he or those in positions of authority at USA Swimming in a position to make decisions open to legal challenge in the absence of actual legal judgment?
[A Division Bell Tolls Between Two Teams Set On Penalizing Predators Past and Present, Craig Lord June 3, 2014 ]

Regarding the petition, “an accusation, no matter how much sympathy or belief we may have in the victim at the heart of the allegation, does not make a man guilty in law, does not place him in reach of the lesser laws of sport.”

An allegation never tried in law is far more likely to land you and not the alleged abuser, a defendant in court. [A Division Bell tolls Between Two Teams Set On penalizing Predators Past and Present, June 3, 2014 – Craig Lord] < [Lawrie Cox, blogger] This was not initiated as a petition to be filed in court, but filed with the International Swimming Hall of Fame. But who knows where this petition and this story will end? All are encouraged that every T has been crossed and i dotted, during the investigation, before preparing this petition and nothing will further come to pass. When composing a legal action petition accurate statements are the rule. “The body (of the petition) must state what action you are requesting and ask the court for a specific ruling. Petitions should contain specific factual statements. The claims you make should cite what laws and rules on which you are basing your request. Petitions may also reference case law and court precedence to back up the argument.” [What is required on a petition, ehow] Defamation of character is a very specific area of law that requires that specific elements of fact be maintained. • First, to be accused of defamation, the accuser must prove that you have made a false statement them. • Secondly, the statement must be made publicly and not involve a private conversation, • Thirdly, the statement must be negligent on your part • Fourthly, the person who is making the accusation against you must prove they have sustained damages as a result of the negligent, false and public statements. (insert – What if the accused loses a Hall of Fame Induction and loses his/her employment?) [The four Elements of Defamation of Character: Requirements To Prove case In court of Law, Christine Cadena, Yahoo Contributor Network Feb 28, 2008] “Defamation is the general term for a legal claim involving injury to one’s reputation caused by a false statement of fact and includes both libel (defamation in written or fixed form) and slander (spoken defamation). The crux of a defamation claim is falsity. Truthful statements that harm another’s reputation will not create liability for defamation (although they may open you up to other forms of liability if the information you publish is of a personal or highly private nature).” [Digital Media Law, June 19, 2014] There certainly are two sides evolving around the petition in question and a division bell (a term in UK Parliament proceedings) rings loudly between the 2 sides. Placing the cart (loss of Hall of Fame Induction and potential loss of job being discussed now) before the horse (criminal investigation and prosecution). Hopefully, this petition dispute will not be a distraction to the Prevention of Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome and the GAO’s investigation • as it was not to the International Swimming Hall of Fame Awards Banquet after their decision to rescind his nomination of Chuck Weilgus • and not cast doubt on advocate credibility • Hopefully, this petition will not result in defamation litigation as discussed by ^Lord above and not become a long, drawn-out legal Defamation battle in the court room • but if litigation results, a legal case might become, in this instance, a disservice to all who advocate for the Prevention of Child Athlete Abuse, because all might be “lumped” into inexperienced, inexpert, ill-informed on a witch hunt if the accused wins • and proper Reporting of Child Athlete Abuse might suffer for fear of repercussions • and justice and due process for persons accused of crime will be eviscerated • and revisited by other Victims and potential Reporters in the future • Not all of those, who advocate for the Prevention of Child Athlete Abuse, who were asked, signed the petition. Other issues will surely cloud the discussion and any litigation. “ISHOF remains in a difficult position: its inductees include coaches accused of sex abuse and athletes who clearly prospered from performances enhanced by doping. They remain but Wielgus had to go.” [Swim Vortex by,John Lohn June 2, 2014] Corruption in the international swimming community goes even further. “In simplistic terms, the more an Olympic sport rises in acclaim, the more money flows into its coffers, and the richer the endorsements become for its athletes. The more highly compensated the athletes become, the more incentive there is to gain a competitive edge. And for the unscrupulous athlete, the need for that edge can create a financial opportunity for the (swimmer) doping expert.” [Swimming fits the doping scandal profile, Pro Sports Group] The withdrawal of Chuck Wielgus’ name from consideration for induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame is not his admission of his guilt, but a call for calm, peace and celebration during this years ceremonies without him. Chuck Wielgus apology June 6, 2014: “And so today, four long years later, I can truthfully say how sorry I am to the victims of sexual abuse.” Going back in time, I wish I knew long before 2010 what I know today. I wish my eyes had been more open to the individual stories of the horrors of sexual abuse. I wish I had known more so perhaps I could have done more. “I cannot undo the past. I’m sorry, so very sorry. “USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Program is now an essential element of our organization’s responsibility to its 400,000 members. We will continue to increase awareness to reduce the risks of sexual abuse within our sport. When unfortunate incidents arise, we’ll provide a safe space for those impacted, help them report the infractions and ensure them that we’ll act accordingly. “Further, we will work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Olympic Committee. We will expand our efforts to work collaboratively with other organizations that share our pledge to eradicate sexual abuse from youth sports. We welcome anyone who wishes to join this vital crusade. “Saying, “I’m sorry” is important, and so is our never-ending vow to keep athletes safe. [SWIMMING WORLD, USA NEWS, CHUCK WIELGUS APOLOGIZES FOR “NOT HAVING DONE MORE TO PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSE” :June 6, 2014 Read the complete article: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/USA/39415.asp] Athlete Protection Officer 7 October 2010 V13 Policies The following Policies from the USA Swimming Code of Conduct are mandatory for all USA Swimming members. Article 304 USA Swimming Code of Conduct The following policies in the USA Swimming Code of Conduct Article 304 specifically pertain to Athlete Protection: 304.3.4 Violation of any of the Athlete Protection Policies set forth in Article 305 304.3.5 Conviction of, imposition of a deferred sentence for, or any plea of guilty or no contest at any time, past or present, or the existence of any pending charges for (i) any felony, (ii) any offense involving use, possession, distribution, or intent to distribute illegal drugs or substances, (iii) any crime involving sexual misconduct, or (iv) any criminal offense against a minor. 304.3.6 Violation of the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Requirements set forth in Article 306. 304.3.7 Any sexual conduct, advance, or other inappropriate sexual oriented behavior or action directed towards an athlete by (i) a coach member or other non-athlete member, or (ii) any other adult participating in any capacity whatsoever in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming (whether such adult is a member or not). Any nonconsensual physical sexual conduct, or pattern of other sexual harassment in connection or incidental to a USA Swimming-related activity by any person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming (Whether such person is a member or not) directed toward any member or other person participating in the affairs or activities of USA Swimming. usaswimming.org/protect 304.3.12 Physical abuse of an athlete by any person who, in the context of swimming, is in a position of authority over that athlete. 304.3.17 Any other material and intentional act, conduct, or omission not provided for above, which is detrimental to the image or reputation of USA Swimming, an LSC, or the sport of swimming . You can report one of three ways to the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Officer, Susan Woessner: www.usaswimming.org/report 1) Online at swoessner@usaswimming.org 2) Via email to 3) Via phone at (719) 866-3589 Updated: 7 October 2010 V13 The following policies related to sexual misconduct reporting are mandatory components of the USA Swimming Code of Conduct: Article 306 Sexual Misconduct Reporting Requirements 306.1 It is every member’s responsibility to promptly report any incident regarding sexual misconduct by a member as described in Article 304.3.7 to USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Officer. Reporting must occur when an individual has firsthand knowledge of misconduct or where specific and credible information has been received from a victim or knowledgeable third party. Various state laws may also require reporting to law enforcement or to a designated child protection agency. “USA Swimming’s day-to-day operations are in Colorado Springs, Colo. on the campus of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.” See the following reference regarding Reporting Child Abuse in Colorado. [The Colorado Law Compelling Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse, Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm of H. Michael Steinberg, http://www.colorado-sex-crimes-lawyer.com/colorados-mandatory-reporting-of-child-abuse-law-the-downside-of-false-allegations-of-child-abuse] Reporting Child Abuse • When should you Report Child Abuse? “Whenever you see it.” • Everyone with knowledge of Child Abuse has a moral duty to Report Child Abuse • Professionals are mandated Reporters in most states and territories • Since the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State University Child Abuse case the term professional has a much broader meaning and covers more persons in many states [Who Has a Duty to Report Child Abuse? by Edward Tan, JD by April 30, 2012] • Perpetrators of Child Abuse are to be Reported • “A perpetrator is a person who has been determined to have caused or knowingly allowed the maltreatment of a child” • The law has now been changed to include Those Who Supervise an alleged Abuser/Perpetrator. Supervisors of Abusers/Perpetrators can be charged with obstruction of justice, failure to report suspected child abuse, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. See below. • A Report to authorities is not an accusation by non-Mandated Reporters, but a call for investigation and is a Diagnosis by Health Care Reporters, and a call for investigation. • Reporters can remain anonymous and do not have to give their name • Reporters are given immunity from prosecution for individuals making good faith reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse • Failure to Report can result in charges for failure to Report • Failure to Report can result in malpractice suits if further abuse occurs by the Perpetrator and the Professional Failed to Report • Reports must be truthful and in good faith report suspected instances of child abuse or neglect • State laws impose penalties of fines or jail time or both, on mandatory reporters who fail to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect as required by the reporting laws • State laws also may impose penalties on any person who knowingly makes a false report of abuse or neglect. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included [Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] Reporting Child Abuse is Changing Normally Reporting Child Abuse covers the situation where the Reporter has a direct duty to Report Child Abuse to a specific child i.e. parent, guardian, baby sitter or priest etc. The law has since been revised to include those who supervise an alleged abuser. [Pa. Priest Faces Trial On Child Abuse Cover-Up, Barbara Bradley Hagerty Feb 17, 201212] As of April 2010, 48 states and five U.S. territories require professionals to report actual and suspected child abuse. Non-professionals are everyone else. Nearly everyone in every state must report child abuse. [Who Has a Duty to Report Child Abuse? By Edward Tan, JD on April 30, 2012 Find Law] “U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., has introduced a new version of legislation to set the standards for direct reporting of suspected child abuse to state authorities, called the “Speak Up Act.” “The first version of the “Speak Up Act” was introduced in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal in 2011. However, it failed to gain traction. Casey said the latest bill places the legal obligation on those with the most professional responsibility to children. “This legislation is a commonsense approach that will require those with a professional responsibility to children to report suspected child abuse to the appropriate state authorities and not just their superiors.” “Dan Wertz, director of McKean County Children and Youth Services, explained that Act 33 of 2014 in Pennsylvania, which becomes effective at the end of the year, “more specifically identifies who is a mandated reporter. That appears to be some of what Senator Casey is trying to address.” “The new legislation makes it a requirement that mandated reporters call ChildLine as well. Agency president and chief executive officer Joan Benso said, “Senator Casey’s legislation is critically important in raising the bar on mandatory reporter requirements across the country. “This legislation will go a long way in better protecting children by both requiring direct reporting to authorities and increasing the scope of professionals who are required to report in some states,” she continued. [Casey bill would set new standards for child abuse reporting, May 17, 2014 by Marcie Schellhammer, ERA ass ed. By MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER Era Associate Editor] Bill Tracker Congress.gov S.2343 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)- Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act113th Congress (2013-2014) BILL Sponsor:Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 05/15/2014) Cosponsors: 0 Latest Action: 05/15/2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Tracker: This bill has the status Introduced Here are the steps for Status of Legislation: 1. Introduced 2. SEC. 9. EFFECTIVE DATE. (a) In General.–Except as provided in subsection (b), this Act takes effect on the date of enactment of this Act. (5) Individuals required to report suspected or known child abuse or neglect.–To satisfy the requirements of paragraph (2)(B)(i), a State law for mandatory reporting described in such paragraph shall require all of the following individuals to report suspected or known incidents of child abuse or neglect: (A) Individuals licensed or certified to practice in any health-related field licensed by the State, employees of health care facilities or providers licensed by the State, who are engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of individuals, including mental health and emergency medical services providers. (B) Individuals employed by a school who have direct contact with children, including teachers, administrators, and independent contractors. (C) Peace officers and law enforcement personnel (D) Clergy, including Christian Science practitioners, except where prohibited on account of clergy-penitent privilege. (E) Day care and child care operators and employees. (F) Employees of social services agencies who have direct contact with children in the course of employment. (G) Foster parents. (H) Court appointed special advocates (employees and volunteers). (I) Camp and after-school employees. (J) An individual, paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual’s role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity, or service, accepts responsibility for a child. (K) Other individuals, as the applicable State law or statewide program may require. (6) Reporting requirement.–To satisfy the requirements of paragraph (2)(B)(i), a State law for mandatory reporting described in such paragraph shall require such individuals to report suspected or known incidents of child abuse or neglect directly to the appropriate law enforcement or child welfare agency (as applicable under State law) and, if applicable, to the individual’s supervisor or employer.” [Bill Tracker Congress.gov] Does this petition suggest this was an occurance similar to the Penn State “conspiracy of silence” to cover-up and failure to Report? “Three former Penn State University officials — including ex-President Graham Spanier — have been charged with conspiring to cover up years of sexual abuse against children by former football coach Jerry Sandusky. [Ex-Penn State officials accused of ‘conspiracy of silence’ by the CNN Wire Staff, November 1, 2012] The Penn State Coach Jerry Sanducky criminal “investigation was led by former FBI director Louis Freeh and indicted President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President‐Finance and Business Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy Curley and the late head football Coach Joe Paterno for showing “no concern” about alleged victims of Sandusky, the one time assistant football coach.” “Sandusky was found guilty on June 22 of 45 criminal counts relating to the assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period. “The Freeh report was the result of an internal investigation launched shortly after Sandusky’s Nov. 5, 2011 arrest. It dove into 24 of the 30 years of Sandusky’s time at Penn State, dating back to 1975, further than the grand jury report. “Freeh said his team conducted 430 interviews and pored over 3.5 million emails and other documents. Freeh’s team said no party interfered with, or attempted to influence, the findings in this report. No one spoke to Curley, Schultz or Paterno to complete the report, instead relying on documents and emails. Curley and Schultz both face criminal charges for failing to report allegations of child abuse against Sandusky to law enforcement or child protection authorities in 2002.[Freeh Report: Penn State Administration, Joe Paterno Covered Up Jerry Sandusky’s Child Abuse (UPDATED) Tyler Kingkade tyler.kingkade@huffingtonpost.com, July 12, 2012] “Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a trial for Penn State ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, who engaged in a “conspiracy of silence,” District Judge William Wenner concluded. “They covered up their failure to tell police about a 2001 allegation that Sandusky was molesting a boy in a university locker room shower, despite knowing that police investigated complaints about Sandusky showering with boys in 1998, state prosecutor, Bruce Beemer, said during his closing argument..” “Maribeth Roman Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the alumni watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, said it was premature to comment in detail because testimony wasn’t offered in its entirety at the preliminary hearing. “We’re in full support of due process, uncovering all the facts and the truths related to the case,” she said.” [Judge: 3 Penn State ex-officials to stand trial by Marc Levy, July 30, 2013] “Former Penn State President Graham Spanier filed a federal lawsuit on Monday seeking to end the state’s prosecution of him on charges he tried to cover up child abuse by onetime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The three former officials – Spanier, retired athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz – are awaiting trial in Dauphin County court in Harrisburg.” “Spanier faces charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, failure to report suspected child abuse, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children.[Newsmax, 31 mar 20014] Penn State charges followed thorough investigations. “Outsiders and the public and the media want to see a case as a reflection of something larger, but for the most part, it isn’t — it’s about the very peculiar detailed facts of that particular case, and things happen that outsiders don’t understand because they don’t know all the details,” said Schultz’s attorney, Tom Farrell. [MARK SCOLFORO AP June 01, 2014] We need stay focused on the task at hand. More important than this dispute and petition are that Child Athlete Sexual, Physical and Psychological Abuse and Child Athlete Human Rights violations are running rampant and not properly Reported. “What is wrong with a society that places so much importance on winning in sports, that it blatantly neglects the needs and well being of the child athletes, that it’s charged with educating and protecting?” “Is winning more important than the safety and mental health of the athletes?” [50. “Coaching ABUSE: The dirty, not-so-little secret in sports”, Competitive Advantage, Sports Psychology services and Resources Volume 8, #6, 7, & 8 June-August 2007 Dr. Alan Goldberg] Why do Child Athletes fail to Self-Report and why do Parents and Doctors fail to Report Child Athlete Physical, Psychological and Sexual Abuse to proper authorities? The Code of Silence in Amateur Sports from administrations down to Coaches is nothing but a cover-up for bad Coaching behaviors and Child Athlete dangers among colleagues. For example: The Case of the Penn State alleged cover-up will be tried later this year (2013). The General Public, Parents, Doctors and Athletes are afflicted with • voluntary ignorance of Child Protection Law; when a person takes reasonable pains to acquire the necessary knowledge. • and lack of will to enforce the law by systems in crisis that fail their duty to Child Abuse; turn a blind eye to Child Abuse • and involuntary ignorance of Child Protection Law because of its inadequate legal language; ignorance of a law which has not yet been stated, proclaimed, promulgated Every Child is covered by the Umbrella of Child Protection Law on every inch of ground, and every venue, during every nanosecond of time. That Umbrella is passed from Caretaker to Caretaker as Children pass from one venue to another. Children are never without the Umbrella of Child Protection Law, until they reach the age of adulthood, 18 in most United States. Most Caretakers don’t know they are Caretakers, especially Coaches Child and Youth Athletes Do Not relinquish their Human Rights to the Coach, School, Athletic Association or anyone when they sign-up to participate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise. Why do Child Athletes fail to Self-Report Child Athlete Physical, Psychological and Sexual Abuse? • Because children are • Vulnerable, Susceptible, Helpless • Rely and depend on adults • Age • Innocence • Smaller physical size • Immaturity • inability to defend themselves physically psychologically • Afraid of angering the offender • Blame themselves for the abuse • Feel guilty and ashamed • Susceptible to force, not powerful • Susceptible to trickery by offenders • Have no control over their own bodies • Unable to make others believe their complaint • Perpetrators are someone they love, trust and admire in the beginning, such as their Coach [^Competitive Advantage Sports Psychology, Dr. Alan Goldberg. info@competitivedge.com] U.S REP. GEORGE MILLER ASKED GAO TO INVESTIGATE YOUTH ATHLETIC CLUBS’ CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS And Expand Investigation into Child Abuse Reporting Laws to Include Athletics, Extracurricular Activities. The GAO is currently conducting a thorough investigation and will provide the results to Rep. Miller and his committee. Child Athletes Vulnerability will become resistant to helplessness and Child Athletes will be more independent and self-reliant with the following Amendment to CAPTA 2010 (Child Abuse, Prevention and Treatment Act) Public Law 111-320, when Children, Parents, Coaches and the General Public understand Child Protection Law. • {the Following is a Proposed Public Health Amendment to Section 3. Paragraph 2., by Athlete Safety 1st (mbmsrmd) in addition-to or in replacement-of Casey and Boxer Language. The New Language is Capitalized and a recommended in addition-to or in replacement-of S. 1877 described below. One U.S. Sen. in a personal letter reply to my request for my amendment described the Casey-Boxer Bill as to expensive. The Athlete Safety 1st amendment is cost-conscious and inexpensive: (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 considered by mbmsrmd / Athlete safety 1st to be inadequate (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.’

Everyone, including Doctors, Parents, Health Care Personnel, Coaches, and the entire Athletic Community will understand the importance and their duty to report after this amendment is legislated.

Children will be more apt to Self-Report Child Athlete Abuse Syndrome, not delay until adulthood as the majority do now, once they understand Child and Youth Athlete Rights following the new amended 111-320 Public Law and once it becomes “Crystal Clear” Public Policy following promulgation, announcement, dissemination and education.

[U.S. Rep Miller asks GAO to Expand Investigation into Child Abuse Reporting Laws to Include Athletics, Extracurricular Activities Jun 18, 2013 Issues: Labor, Wages and Benefits Committee on Education and the Workforce http://democrats.edworkforce.house.gov/press-release/miller-asks-gao-expand-investigation-child-abuse-reporting-laws-include-athletics ]

[ http://www.cappaa.com/u-s-rep-george-miller-d-calif-asked-gao-to-investigate-youth-athletic-clubs-child-abuse-allegations ]

Regular Coach Evaluations are new protocols among a few D-1 Sports Programs now and appear to be working. In keeping with the new trend, every team should be advised by their league, association or administration that each month a given number of different Child Athletes should answer a very simple “Check-Off List”, aka a Quality Improvement Questionnaire, concerning the Coach’s behavior, activities and the overall helpfulness of the coaching. Coaches would thereafter, be advised to correct their mistakes if warranted.

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