May 30, 2018

US Equestrian Safe Sport Action Steps and Updates to Safe Sport Sanctions List

By USEF - Edited Press Release

Abuse of any kind has absolutely no place in sports. Protecting our athletes is of utmost importance. The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) is complying with all requirements of the U.S. Center for SafeSport (Center) and Federal Law. 
 
Many USEF members have asked about the USEF Safe Sport Policy and program. The information below addresses these questions and outlines actions taken by USEF to help keep our athletes safe.       

  1. USEF is communicating directly with its members, including the parents of our Junior Members, to provide education and information on Safe Sport including training and resources for parents, participants, coaches, trainers, support teams, officials, and staff to understand when and how to report, and also how to recognize the signs in order to prevent abuse before it occurs. Additionally, the USEF website has a Safe Sport portal which includes these resources, the list of suspended and banned individuals, reporting processes and links to the Center for additional information.
  2. Since December 1, 2013, USEF has required designated individuals, including but not limited to staff, coaches, technical advisors, and licensed officials, to complete Safe Sport training and criminal background checks. 
  3. USEF will issue public notices informing members and the media of individuals involved in equestrian sport that are banned or suspended by the Center or USEF for violations of the Safe Sport Code or USEF Safe Sport policy. USEF will remove the names of any individuals from USEF achievement awards and honors. Based on substantial evidence, Jimmy Williams, though deceased, has been banned by USEF for sexual misconduct and his name has been removed from USEF achievement awards and honors. 
  4. USEF has hired additional staff to support our SafeSport training, education, and compliance. 
  5. USEF has submitted all requested information to the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the law firm of Ropes and Gray, LLC regarding the investigations into the handling of sexual abuse reports in organized sports including the Larry Nassar case.         

US Equestrian wants every athlete, parent, coach, groom, support staff, and trainer to know: if you are a victim of abuse or suspect abuse of any kind, there are resources and people to help.  Horse sports are a source of strength for so many people and it is incumbent upon all of us who love this amazing sport to protect young athletes.

Click here to visit the US Equestrian Safe Sport resources page.

Click here to view the US Equestrian Safe Sport Sanctions list. (These individuals are prohibited from participating in any activities and competitions that USEF licenses, endorses or sponsors. USEF General Rule 703 provides more detail on the regulations regarding suspended persons.)
        
For support, call @RAINN at 800-656-4673 or @Darkness2Light at 866-FOR-LIGHT. All conversations are confidential. 

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