Senate sends sexual abuse reporting bill to Trump's desk

Senate sends sexual abuse reporting bill to Trump's desk
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The Senate easily cleared a bill Tuesday to force athletic organizations to swiftly report sexual abuse allegations and establish preventative policies.

The chamber passed the legislation by unanimous consent, sending it to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's desk for a signature. The House passed the legislation in a 406-3 vote on Monday

The congressional action comes after the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and ahead of next month's Winter Olympic Games begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Nassar was sentenced last week to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 young female athletes. 

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The bill passed by Congress this week requires the reporting of sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement within 24 hours, and says the United States Center for Safe Sport needs to develop and enforce policies and training for sports governing bodies to prevent abuse of athletes.

It also requires amateur sports organizations to establish procedures limiting one-on-one interactions between athletes under 18 years of age and adults who aren't their legal guardians.

“The young athletes who train to represent our country at the top levels of competition, and those at all levels who aspire to compete, should not have to fear victimization by trusted coaches and sports officials,” Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (R-Maine), who crafted the Senate's legislation that initially passed late last year, said in a statement. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Senate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE (D-Calif.) added that “the days of turning a blind eye to abuse are over."

"This vital reform was only possible because of the incredibly courageous women who decided to come forward, share their pain and do all they could to make sure this dark chapter is never repeated," she said.