Fostering Respect. Ending Abuse in Sport.
We all deserve sports environments where every athlete feels safe, supported, and strengthened. We all champion this cause.
That vision drives the activities of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which holds abusers accountable and works with diverse stakeholders and partners to end sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of athletes in every sport, on every court.
Making reporting easier
As reports of sexual abuse in sport made national headlines in the 2010s, it became clear: A new organization would be needed, authorized to independently receive and resolve abuse and misconduct reports across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
From this need, the U.S. Center for SafeSport was created. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 later codified the nonprofit Center in federal law as the nation’s safe sport organization.
Anyone can report abuse or misconduct concerns affecting athletes in over 50 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic sports—of any age, from elite to grassroots levels, in communities across America—to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The Center responds fairly and comprehensively to these reports, investigating if necessary and applying sanctions if appropriate.
Because there are many reasons abuse goes unreported--ranging from fears of inaction or retaliation, to not knowing how to formally report it—the Center prioritizes making it as easy as possible to report abuse. Visit this page to learn more about reporting.
Education to help you take action
To effectively end abuse, we must better prevent, recognize, and respond to it. The U.S. Center for SafeSport produces courses and resources that anyone can access. Over 2.5 million courses have been delivered online to coaches, parents, athletes, youth athletes, and administrators. Ask SportsEngine, our preferred partners, how your organization can access those courses.
Together, let's build better sports cultures
Nationwide, we’ve seen growing recognition that many behaviors once tolerated must never occur again, and that young athletes deserve to move, compete, and thrive in settings that enhance their well-being.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport will share abuse prevention tips and resources with SportsEngine audiences throughout 2022. Meanwhile, visit the Center website to learn more about how you can be allies against abuse in your own community.