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USA Gymnastics is committed to fostering a safe, fun, and healthy environment for all members. Since 1990 – prior to almost all other National Governing Bodies – USA Gymnastics has provided awareness, prevention and reporting information regarding sexual misconduct to professional members, member clubs, athlete members and their families.

In June 2017, USA Gymnastics leadership approved and adopted a new Safe Sport Policy, which significantly strengthened the organization’s approach to athlete safety. The Safe Sport Policy, which is mandatory for all members to comply with:

  • increases the number of individuals who fall under USA Gymnastics jurisdiction; essentially increasing the number of people in our sport who are accountable for their behavior;
  • increases the categories of misconduct from two (sexual and physical misconduct) to six (verbal/emotional misconduct, bullying, hazing and harassment were added);
  • addresses and prohibits boundary violations and grooming behaviors;
  • requires covered individuals to report a suspicion of abuse to law enforcement, even if they are not a mandated reporter according to their state law;
  • requires covered individuals to notify USA Gymnastics or the U.S. Center for SafeSport for any misconduct; and
  • requires covered individuals to take a designated safe sport course every two years.

The information in these pages provides policies, education and training, and tools intended to assist our member clubs, professional members, athlete members and their families in ensuring the safety of our gymnasts to the best of our ability. 

U.S. Center for SafeSport Launches Victim Services Helpline
The United States Center for SafeSport announced the launch of a 24-hour victim services helpline, which will be operated in partnership with the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. 


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SafeSport Helpline Number:
866-200-0796
SafeSportHelpline.org

Online Chat:
https://hotline.rainn.org/safesport

SafeSport Helpline App:
iOS or Android
Search "SafeSport Helpline" in the Google Play store or iTunes


Click here to watch USA Gymnastics' Webinar - "How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention"

As part of our outreach for Child Abuse Prevention Month, the USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Department recently conducted a webinar on “How to Talk About Child Sexual Abuse Prevention,” which is available in the webinar archive. I have included a link to the webinar because it provides some of the guidance you and your professional members have requested for addressing safe sport issues. I also encourage you to share with the professional members in your states and regions. And, as always, please contact Toby Stark, our director of safe sport, if you have any questions. We appreciate your time and dedication to our athlete’s safety and well-being.