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IndyStar investigation leads to U.S. House passing sexual abuse legislation

By June 2, 2017 No Comments

Out of Balance InvestigationArticle from INDYSTAR.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would require Olympic national governing bodies such as USA Gymnastics to immediately report allegations of child abuse to authorities.

Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Carmel, who sponsored the bill, said on the House floor that IndyStar’s yearlong investigation into the issue left her “shocked” and “inspired the legislation that’s before us today.”

The investigation revealed that Indy-based USA Gymnastics did not immediately report all allegations of child sex abuse and that some predatory coaches were able to move from gym to gym, leaving a trail of abuse. The report also revealed that at least 368 gymnasts alleged sexual abuse in the past 20 years.

“I’m proud of these brave gymnasts who shared their stories, stories that never should have happened, stories that went inexcusably unanswered,” Brooks said. “Their stories demand our action and our attention, not only to provide victims with the justice denied to them for so long, but also to protect future generations of Olympic hopefuls.”

The bill, HR 1973, passed 415-3.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced a similar bill in the Senate.

“It’s great news that the House has passed companion legislation to my bill to protect young athletes from sexual abuse,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Chairman (Bob) Goodlatte and Representatives Brooks and (Lois) Frankel to work out the differences between our bills. We must do all we can to protect children.”


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About Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York