House Passes Legislation to Protect Young Athletes

January 29, 2018
Press Release

This month the country has watched as brave young women have stood up in a Michigan courtroom and courageously spoken out about the crimes of Larry Nassar, an athletic doctor for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.

The case stems from a 2016 report in the Indianapolis Star that reported that USA Gymnastics had failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse to law enforcement.

Today, the House passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act which will require amateur athletic organizations to immediately report suspected cases of abuse to law enforcement.

Congressman John Moolenaar supported the law and made the following statement:

"Too many adults failed the victims at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics. Young women turned to administrators for help and they were let down. It is simply unacceptable that suspected cases of abuse were not reported to law enforcement. Now, this failure will not only be unacceptable, it will also be a crime."