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Signed into law in February 2018, new federal legislation has expanded the requirements around sexual abuse reporting and prevention policies for organizations that arrange or sponsor youth sports competitions.

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, commonly referred to as The Safe Sport Act, was created in response to recent revelations of ongoing abuse within USA Gymnastics.

The new requirements affect organizations that arrange interstate or international amateur athletic competitions for minors, as well as the adults working with minor amateur athletes on behalf of those organizations.


Sexual Abuse Statistics

  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

  • 90 percent of offenders are known by their victim or their victim’s family.

  • 1 in 10 public school children, accounting for 4.5 million students, have experienced sexual misconduct by an educator.

  • Each year, 1 in 7 nursing home residents and thousands of adults with disabilities are abused.

  • There are more than 60 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America; 80 percent never reported their abuse.

  • Child abuse costs the United States approximately $103 billion per year.

Impact on Victims

  • The immediate effects of sexual abuse often include depression, anxiety, aggression, and self-harm. Long-term effects may include poor physical and mental health, impaired social skills and academic performance, developmental and behavioral problems, and an increased participation in high-risk activities like drug abuse or sexual promiscuity.

Victims of sexual abuse are:

  • 3x more likely to suffer from depression

  • 4x more likely to contemplate suicide

  • 13x more likely to abuse alcohol and 26x more likely to abuse drugs

  • 40x more likely to experience marital problems

  • More likely to suffer physically, with an increased risk of heart disease and obesity.


For further information, contact the YMCA director who oversees your sports program by calling 217-544-9846 or YMCA Risk Manager at extension 136,

Youth Sports
Extension 612 or 614

SPY Swim Team
Extension 184

Gymnastic Team
Extension 600

Special Olympics – Swim
Extension 609

Special Olympics – Bowling
Extension 140


As a volunteer, we need your help in ensuring that our facilities, and or sporting event locations, remain a safe place for our children. Below are the steps that we must follow in order to be within compliance of the Safe Sport Act.