Thursday 16 July, 2020

WATCH: US gymnastic coach victims support reporting legislation

Several former gymnasts sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar spoke on Capitol Hill Tuesday in support of legislation that requires governing bodies for amateur athletics to promptly report abuse claims to law enforcement.

The House passed the bill Monday.

Nassar was sentenced last week to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 women and girls over 25 years.

The sentencing sparked new calls from lawmakers to complete action on legislation that had already received widespread support in both chambers of Congress. The House agreed to take up the Senate version of the bill to speed up its passage. The bill passed the House by a vote of 406-3.

The House made a change in the bill, which sent it back to the Senate for approval before it can go to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Supporters of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said a patchwork of state laws on reporting suspected sex abuse made it necessary to enact a uniform national standard that would apply to amateur sports groups such as USA Gymnastics as well as to other sports organizations that participate in interstate and international travel. The failure to report a sexual abuse allegation could lead to up to one year in prison.


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