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HOW TO REPORT
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SAFESPORT HELPLINE: A 24/7 RESOURCE
If you need crisis intervention, referrals, or emotional support at any time, contact the 24-hour SafeSport Helpline at 866-200-0796.
If you are facing a life-threatening emergency, contact 911.
Specialists for the Helpline (operated by RAINN) can provide confidential, one-on-one live support by phone, chat, or mobile app.
WHAT CAN I REPORT?
The Center accepts all reports affecting the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement of:
- Sexual Misconduct, including without limitation child sexual abuse and any misconduct that is reasonably related to an underlying allegation of Sexual Misconduct
- Criminal Charges or Dispositions involving Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct
- Misconduct Related to Reporting, where the underlying allegation involves Child Abuse or Sexual Misconduct;
- Aiding and Abetting, when it relates to the Center’s process
- Misconduct Related to the Center’s Process
- Other Inappropriate Conduct, as defined herein
The Center has exclusive jurisdiction to investigate and resolve reports affecting the Movement in the bulleted categories above.
The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be made directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB). Also, reports of MAAPP violations can be made directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB).
If you suspect child abuse or neglect:
Report it to your local authorities, in addition to (and before) reporting it to the Center. If you are a mandatory reporter, you are required by law to do so: know your state’s specific criteria.
WHO SHOULD REPORT
Anyone can make a report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport of abuse or misconduct involving one of 11+ million individuals in 50+ Olympic and Paralympic sports at national, regional, and local levels.
You don’t need to be an athlete to report abuse and misconduct—we take reports from coaches, parents, administrators, and all others who experience or know of relevant conduct. Nor do you need to have experienced it personally. If you know someone in an Olympic and Paralympic Movement sport whom you suspect may be experiencing abuse, report it here.
WHO DOES THE CENTER HAVE AUTHORITY OVER
The Center responds to and resolves reports of abuse and misconduct alleged of individuals in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. This includes:
- Any member or employee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC)
- Any participant (defined in the SafeSport Code) of a national sport governing body (NGB) or local affiliated organization (LAO) under USOPC authority; this includes athletes, coaches, administrators, health and training professionals, and individuals in related categories
The Center does not have authority over non-Movement leagues (such as the NFL or NASCAR), associations (such as NCAA and AAU), or non-Olympic/Paralympic sports (such as cheer & dance). To report abuse involving non-Movement sports or organizations, contact a relevant liaison at that institution or local law enforcement.
If you’re unsure if the U.S. Center for SafeSport is the proper authority: Make the report to us, and we will advise appropriately.
AFTER A REPORT IS MADE, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
An abuse or misconduct report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport begins a process that includes assessment, investigation (if the report meets relevant criteria), issuance of finding, and determination of sanction if appropriate.
We respect that making a report can be an emotional process. The Center’s empathetic and accessible professionals handle reports with the attention and confidentiality they deserve.
Our Response & Resolution Process page addresses this in more detail.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT:
- The Center is a neutral party in resolving cases, and we respect confidentiality for Claimants and Respondents (defined on this page)
- The Center’s objectivity and neutrality is reinforced by its status as an independent nonprofit, unaffiliated with the USOPC, NGBs, or other Olympic and Paralympic Movement entities.
- The Center employs a Resource & Process Advisor to answer questions for Claimants and Respondents, as well as third parties and witnesses. This advisor can also connect you with resources and support services online and in your local community. Reach the Resource & Process Advisor at [email protected] or 720-531-9024.
- It is not possible to project timelines for resolving a report. We update Claimants and Respondents on status at key milestones, and we appreciate patience with a process that can have many variables.