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02/14/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2018 18:36

McMorris Rodgers Statement on Bill to Protect Young Victims From Sexual Abuse Becoming Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after President Trump signed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act into law.

'The young women in our U.S. gymnastics and other Olympic programs deserve justice, and the assurances that these heinous crimes of abuse and exploitation will never happen again. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act will make sure that our nation's amateur athletic governing bodies are doing everything they can to protect athletes so they become Olympians- not victims of sexual abuse.'

Note: When this legislation passed the House, Chair McMorris Rodgers said, 'For our nation's young athletes, their gymnasiums and training facilities should be sanctuaries- where they feel safe to live their passions and pursue their dreams. For years, Larry Nassar turned these gyms into places of horror and pain. It's unconscionable, and it's a call for action.'

'That's why we are sending the final version of Rep. Susan Brooks' bill to the President's desk to require our amateur athletic governing bodies to promptly report suspected cases of abuse to law enforcement, and also implement reforms, like mandatory training, to prevent them from occurring at all. It's the least that we can do to help our nation's young athletes once again feel safe and protected from these heinous crimes of abuse and exploitation.'