SafeSport

U.S. Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport began operations in 2017 with a mission devoted to make athletes’ well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports. All athletes deserve to participate in sports are free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse.


Ombudsman role in SafeSport matters

The Athlete Ombudsman is available to offer athletes advice about:

  • How to file a report with the US Center for SafeSport
  • Navigating the investigation and adjudication process
  • Directing you to relevant resources from your NGB, USOC, the Center for SafeSport
  • Connecting you with legal counsel

The Athlete Ombudsman will be required to report sexual misconduct and follow all reporting requirements of covered individuals. However, any athlete may contact the Athlete Ombudsman for cost-free, independent advice. We can help you understand the process, your rights and resources, and identify legal counsel if necessary.


Resources


Life Threatening Situations

Contact 9-1-1 immediately if you’re facing a life-threatening emergency


Report to SafeSport

The Center handles ALL reports of sexual abuse within the US Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Click Here to Make a Report to the Center if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.

Contact Local Authorities

Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must also be reported to local authorities. Reports of Abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities.

Contact your National Governing Body

Contact the National Governing Body for your sport to report other forms of misconduct such as emotional or physical misconduct, bullying, hazing or harassment.

Contact the SafeSport Helpline

For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport helpline for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

Reporting Obligations

Under SafeSport policy, there are certain individuals who are required to report sexual misconduct. These categories of adults are listed by your individual sport organization (national governing bodies). Please review Covered Individuals by National Governing Bodies.