April 1, 2020 update - A revised SafeSport Code is now in effect. Click HERE to visit USCenterforSafeSport.org and see the new code.
To help you better understand the Code, the center released a podcast episode that explains its purpose and scope in more depth and highlights some of this year’s updates. You can listen to this episode and all past recordings at https://uscenterforsafesport.org/podcasts/.
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is an independent nonprofit organization responsible for responding to and preventing emotional, physical, and sexual misconduct and abuse in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. The Center also serves as an educational resource for sports organizations at all levels, from recreational sports organizations to professional leagues.
LAUNCH & PURPOSE
We are pleased to announce the U.S. Center for SafeSport, located in Denver, Colorado, will open in March 2017. Through its abuse prevention and response programming, the Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety, on and off the playing field.
Specifically, the Center will provide education and prevention resources related to:
• Emotional misconduct
• Physical misconduct
• Sexual misconduct
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
The Center's Education and Outreach Office will administer national prevention programming, raise issue awareness, and provide resources and training to promote respect and prevent abuse.
• The Center will provide education materials, including talking points, fact sheets, brochures and training materials, and will centralize best practices.
• The Center will offer sport organizations easy access to educational opportunities for their coaches, staff, volunteers, parents and athletes
RESPONSE & RESOLUTION
The Center's Response and Resolution Office will investigate and resolve alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement's 47 member National Governing Bodies, including USA Weightlifting.
• The SafeSport Code identifies prohibited conduct and serves as the benchmark by which the Center determines whether or not a policy violation has occurred.
• Aggregate data from Center investigations will be used to identify trends and patterns across sport, strengthening national prevention efforts.
JURISDICTION & AUTHORITY
The Center has jurisdiction over Covered Individuals.
These are persons:
• Within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Weightlifting
• USA Weightlifting or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes
• Identified by USA Weightlifting as being within the Center's jurisdiction
The Center will have the exclusive authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations involving sexual misconduct. USA
Weightlifting will retain the authority to investigate and resolve alleged SafeSport Code violations that are non-sexual in nature. Although, at USA Weightlifting's request, the Center may exercise the discretionary authority to take on cases of this nature.
Report a SafeSport Concern - or call 833-5US-SAFE.