President Trump on Wednesday signed a bill that requires coaches and other adults involved with amateur athletics to report child abuse claims to law enforcement.
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), gained traction following the case of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
Last month, Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing over 150 women and girls who came to him for medical treatment.
Feinstein says she was unaware of the scope of abuse until she attended a February meeting with former gymnasts. “The meeting made clear that USA Gymnastics was fostering a culture that put money and medals first, far ahead of the safety and well-being of athletes.”
Supporters of the bill say the “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,” reports Fox Sports.
Feinstein’s bill extends the statute of limitations for victims to sue alleged perpetrators to age 28 – the argument here being that children sometimes don’t realize they were abused until years later.
The failure to report a sexual abuse claim carries a sentence of up to one year in prison.
Wednesday’s signing, which was not open to reporters, comes as the Trump Administration faces criticism over its handling of claims of domestic abuse.
â€¨Last week, staff secretary Rob Porter resigned following accusations that he abused two of his ex-wives.
President Trump has defended Porter and, more recently, ignored reporters’ questions about domestic violence.
Editor’s note: As has been the case since Donald Trump decided to run for office, the media covers the sensational, sagacious non-story, and refused to cover meaningful legislation that addresses a major hole in sex abuse laws.