In 2018, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017” became Federal law. The mission of the U.S. Center for Safesport is to make the athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture. All athletes deserve to participate in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct, or any form of emotional or physical abuse. Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment.
Little League Baseball has always strived to create a safe and healthy environment for all Little Leaguers and their families. There are certain requirements from the SafeSport Act that Little League International and all local little league programs must adhere to.
- Reporting of Sexual Abuse involving a minor to the proper authorities
- All volunteers of a local league are now mandated reporters and could face criminal charges if the league chooses to ignore, or not report to the proper authorities, any witnessed act of child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours.
- Local leagues must be aware of the proper procedures to report sexual abuse in their state. Please reference LittleLeague.org/ChildAbuse
- Leagues must adopt a policy that prohibits retaliation on “good faith” reports of child abuse
- Leagues must adopt a policy that limits one-one-one contact with minors
- Leagues are highly encouraged to complete the below Abuse Awareness training provided by USA Baseball and SafeSport
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There are resources on reporting child abuse available at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s website:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s website also contains a list of child abuse reporting telephone numbers for each state and includes links to each state’s child welfare agency website.
This link provides access to the U.S. Department of Health web pages on mandatory reporting across all 50 states:
Below is a link from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on how to report suspected child abuse:
There is a national child abuse reporting hotline, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with crisis counselors and a nationwide database of emergency, social service and support resources to help and guide any person deciding whether or not to make a report of child abuse:
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline