US Center for SafeSport: Utilizing a Community Approach to Support Athlete Victims

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Eric Barreras
Eric Barreras
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Difference Makers (10 Strong)
Training & Technical Assistance Manager, US Center for SafeSport

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 designated the US Center for SafeSport to serve as the independent national safe sport organization, with the responsibility for developing policies and procedures to prevent the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes. The Center investigates sexual misconduct reports within the US Olympic and Paralympic Movements and establishes policies for the 50 National Governing Bodies (NGBs). These policies include oversight procedures, including audits, to ensure the policies and procedures are followed correctly; that consistent training is offered; and that proactive policies to prevent abuse are in place.

Through this presentation, the Center will address the complex nature of an investigation and the intersection between law enforcement, victim advocacy, and sport. The Center will discuss the current and future outreach efforts it has taken to connect law enforcement, NGBs, and victim advocacy. In addition, the center will highlight the importance of connecting victims with advocacy early in the process, with additional support from law enforcement and intake support functions throughout the process. The presenter will outline that process and reflect on how each role intersects and coordinates with the other systems, to put victims first. The specific topics of discussion will include coordination of parallel investigations and working with victims.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize the different roles each function has within the process.
  • Identify barriers that athlete victims have in participating in an investigation.
  • Implement coordinated community responses and collaboration with sport organizations.
  • Describe the outreach efforts of the US Center for SafeSport.

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