WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County issued the following statement after the House passed the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act, which he introduced along with Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), John Curtis (R-UT) and Diana DeGette (D-CO). The bill, which is a companion to Sens. Jerry Moran and Richard Blumenthal’s legislation, will help protect athletes from sexual abuse by strengthening legal liability and accountability mechanisms for both the U.S. Olympic Committee and the governing bodies of specific sports. Additionally, it will create clear procedures and reporting requirements for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to ensure athletes are protected moving forward. The bill will also ensure that allegations of sexual abuse against athletes can be independently investigated without the interference of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee or a national sports governing body.
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