USA Gymnastics adopt new rules to combat abuse after Penn State scandal

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, July 12, 2012 18:41 EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — USA Gymnastics announced on Thursday the adoption of several new measures aimed at combating abuse and inappropriate behavior.

The move came on the day findings were announced from a major Penn State University investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, where actions of an assistant American football coach went unreported to authorities.

USA Gymnastics outreach efforts include measures to educate coaches, athletes, parents and clubs about signs of inappropriate behavior and reporting abuse.

“Promoting a safe environment for our athletes continues to be a top priority for USA Gymnastics,” USA Gymnastics chief executive Steve Penny said.

“We have an ongoing evaluation of our policies and procedures in this area, and we believe that increased education of our members, athletes and athlete families is an important part of this process.”

An expanded sexual misconduct section in the safety certification course required for top-level members every four years, a communication resource for parents to learn and discuss sexual misconduct.

More educational materials will also be provided to clubs and coaches.

“Educating our professional members and parents about recognizing inappropriate behavior or abuse is important to reduce the opportunity for abuse to happen,” USA Gymnastics chairman Peter Vidmar said.

“The more our community knows and understands the signs, the better we can promote a safe environment.”

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