WASHINGTON, D.C.– House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House will vote next week on the final version of the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act (H.R. 1973). Rep. Susan Brooks introduced this legislation in response to reports of abuse in amateur athletics, including the U.S. gymnastics program.
“As I listen to these brave young women in the U.S. gymnastics program come forward and share their stories, I can’t help but think about my own daughters. Like all moms, I send my children to places like school and gymnastics expecting they are safe and can just be kids. That is how it should be. So the many instances of sexual assault committed against our young vulnerable athletes are deeply disturbing and beyond horrible. These young women deserve justice, and the assurances that these heinous crimes of abuse and exploitation will never happen again. The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act will require our amateur athletic governing bodies to promptly report suspected cases of abuse to law enforcement, and also implement reforms, like mandatory training, to prevent them from occurring at all. By advancing this bill next week, we are taking action to protect our nation’s young athletes and future Olympians, and I am grateful for the leadership of Rep. Susan Brooks for making this vote possible.”