Report here if you have experienced abuse or misconduct—or if you have reasonable suspicion of abuse or misconduct inflicted on, or by, someone in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
The U.S. Center for Safe Sport (the Center) is an independent 501c(3) non-profit organization focused on ending all forms of abuse in sport. The Center opened its doors in March 2017, and soon after became federally authorized under the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. Under this law, the Center is required to develop resources and policies to safeguard athletes from bullying, harassment, hazing, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct. The law also entrusts the Center as the exclusive authority to respond to reports of allegations of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct within the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and their recognized National Governing Bodies, including USA Climbing.
While USA Climbing is tasked with implementing the Center’s Policies and Procedures, as well as education for the USA Climbing membership, any report of allegations of abuse will be sent to the Center. For any questions, please contact Sharlee Strebel, USA Climbing Membership and Safe Sport Manger, at AthleteSafety@usaclimbing.org.
The SafeSport Code establishes consistent standards of response and resolution to abuse and misconduct claims across the U.S.Olympic and Paralympic Movement,whose affiliated individuals must comply with policies and procedures as defined by the Code.
The Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) is a collection of prevention and training policies that bind adult participants and organizations in the U.S.Olympic & Paralympic Movement.
The Center accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report here if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct harassment, child abuse (including childsexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.
The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying,hazing, stalking, and harassment)within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB) here.
This flowchart outlines key stages the Center follows, based on varied scenarios, in responding to and resolving a report of abuse or misconduct.