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Youth Sports

On February 14th, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was enacted by Congress and became federal law.

The new legislation is a response to sexual abuse revealed in and around USA Gymnastics — but the impact of the legislation reaches far beyond Olympic-level sport.

The Act creates a new ‘standard of care’ for all organizations providing youth sport programming: youth sport ministries, school leagues and athletics, camps, country club leagues, and more. In short, the new Act requires Prevention Training and Prevention Policies.

MinistrySafe provides analysis of the Act allowing youth sport organizations to better understand WHO is impacted, WHAT is required and HOW to comply.

Documents:

Love & Norris Bio

Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990

Olympic and Amateur Sports Act

S.543 [Public Law No. 115-126] ‘Safe Sport Act’

S.534 Analysis (by Love & Norris)

US Center for SafeSport – List of Covered Individuals (2018)

 

In addition to being the President of the Vermont Soccer Association, I am also involved in a soccer program offered by a large parochial school.  In these two roles, I have recently participated in separate sexual abuse prevention trainings. The training mandated by the school was unnecessarily graphic and upsetting to me and my coaching peers.  The content was useful, but we were shocked by the method chosen for style and delivery. Shortly thereafter, I attended the Sexual Abuse Training course presented by Gregory Love and his wife, Kimberlee Norris (Co-Founders of MinistrySafe).  I learned that this challenging topic and difficult material can be taught effectively.  I received the most recent thinking on this topic via a very informative approach.
Thank you Greg and Kim – Very Well Done!
Edward M. DeMulder
President, Vermont Soccer Association, US Youth Soccer