President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday legislation to prevent amateur athletes from being abused, a response to the sexual abuse scandal that roiled USA Gymnastics.
Trump signed the bill along with another to help victims of human trafficking. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Trump “is committed to preventing human trafficking and protecting young athletes from sexual abuse.”
“These bills support our steadfast commitment to ending these horrific crimes,” Walters said in a statement.
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act aims to fix a patchwork of state reporting rules by requiring adults who interact with amateur athletes to report suspected child abuse, including sexual abuse, within 24 hours to local law enforcement.
The statute of limitations on abuse will not begin until the victim realizes she has been abused.
Women who spoke out about former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar said it took years for them to realize what Nassar was doing to them. Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual assault.
A bipartisan group of 18 senators is pushing for a special congressional committee to look into how the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics may have enabled Nassar. At least half the senators on the panel would be women.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H, said there’s ample evidence that many were alerted, multiple times, to Nassar’s behavior — and found excuses to look the other way.