UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring athletic organizations to report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement — a move which came in response to the USA Gymnastics scandal.
The bill, known as the Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Abuse Act of 2017, requires amateur athletics governing bodies to report sex-abuse allegations to law enforcement within 24 hours.
It also strengthens federal oversight of gymnasiums, amateur sports organizations and coaches and extends the statute of limitations for victims to sue alleged perpetrators.
The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation in a 406-3 vote on Monday.
The bill comes after Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and physician at Michigan State University, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct.
He was sentenced this month to up to 175 years in prison.