bill, which protects young and amateur athletes from sexual abuse through
improved reporting requirements, passed the House yesterday and cleared the
U.S. Senate today. You can watch Senator Grassley’s remarks at the press
the photo below.
via KABC in Los Angeles)
Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senate Judiciary Committee
Conference on Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport
Authorization Act of 2017
of all, thank you to Senator Feinstein for her leadership, thanks to the House
members as well for their leadership, and the gymnasts: you have made a
bill’s development illustrates the influence that young people can have when
they make their voices heard. So we’re here to say thank you for your bravery,
and to a lot of people that aren’t standing here with you. They are with you in
out on a difficult issue has been central to helping us write a bill to prevent
chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I held a hearing last year on sexual abuse
of young athletes.
heard from multiple gymnasts about the abuses they endured and the breakdown by
adults in positons of trust, who failed to intervene. The hearing underscored
the need for legislation.
proud to be a co-sponsor and to move that bill through the Judiciary Committee.
thanks again Senator Feinstein for her leadership and all my colleagues who
worked diligently on this bill.
bill is headed to the President for a signature, because the House passed it
yesterday and the Senate today gave it unanimous approval. The bill couldn’t
have been done without the voices of the people that are up here and the people
that testified in Michigan last week.
efforts will help protect young athletes everywhere.
work as Chairman is not over after the President signs the bill. I will do the
oversight that is necessary to make sure that the bill is properly executed.