On February 14th, 2018, the President signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act which is aimed at protecting amateur athletes from sexual abuse.
The Law has a three-pronged approach:
1. Any adult interacting with amateur athletes in the program has a duty to report abuse and or suspected abuse within a 24 hour period. EVERY adult is a mandatory reporter.
2. The statute of limitations is extended for up to 10 years after a victim realizes he or she was abused.
3. Limits an athlete under the age of 18 from being alone with an adult who is not their parent.
National Governing Boards are required to provide a reporting mechanism and also to offer and provide consistent training to adult members who are in contact with amateur athletes who are minors.
Please click the below link for additional information on reporting requirements and provided training.
Norwood Youth Soccer's Club Risk Manager information is as follows:
Shannon Connell, Executive Vice President
Chris LoPiccolo, President