Make a Report or Raise a Concern
NOTE: Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a victim of child abuse or other misconduct to self-report.
No one should investigate suspicions or allegations of child abuse or other misconduct, or attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of allegations as a condition of reporting to the appropriate authorities.
All reports made pursuant to the reporting requirements below may be made anonymously. No direct fees or other cost is involved in making a report.
A. Reporting Requirements
Please refer to the U.S. Center for SafeSport Code for definitions of all capitalized terms.
1. Child Abuse
An Adult Participant, including any adult USTA member, who learns of information and reasonably suspects that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, must immediately (within 24 hours) make a report of the suspected abuse to both Law Enforcement and the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). Once those reporting obligations are met, a report must also be made directly to the USTA:
a. Law Enforcement
- The agency designated by the Attorney General, consistent with the federal requirements set forth in section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (34 U.S.C. Sec. 20341).
- Applicable State Law Enforcement agency. Learn more about this requirement by visiting here.
b. U.S. Center for SafeSport
- Through the Center’s online reporting form, https://uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern/
- By phone at 833-5US-SAFE during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT)
The Center accepts all reports of sexual abuse and child abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Report here if you have reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct or harassment, child abuse (including child sexual abuse), or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power.
The Center also accepts reports of emotional and physical misconduct (including but not limited to bullying, hazing, stalking, and harassment) within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. Reports of emotional and physical misconduct can also be reported directly to your sport’s national governing body (NGB).
Reporting such conduct to the Center does not satisfy an Adult Participant’s obligation to report to law enforcement or other appropriate authorities consistent with section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (34 U.S.C. Sec. 20341).
c. The USTA Safe Play Office
Following all other reporting requirements have been met, reports to the USTA can be made either by:
- Calling the USTA’s reporting hotline at 855-791-1345 (toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada).
- Emailing the USTA at email@example.com, clearly describing the incident, location of incident, and people involved.
- Completing and submitting a Safe Play Misconduct Reporting form to the USTA.
2. Sexual Misconduct
The USTA and the Center encourages anyone who experiences or becomes aware of an incident of sexual misconduct involving a Participant to report the incident immediately to the Center (and/or law enforcement if the matter involves possible criminal conduct).
Adult Participants must promptly report possible Sexual Misconduct directly to the Center (and/or law enforcement if the matter involves possible criminal conduct) whenever such Participants become aware of conduct that could constitute Sexual Misconduct.
3. Emotional and Physical Misconduct and Proactive Policy Violations
Adult Participants are required to report to the USTA emotional and physical misconduct (including bullying, stalking, hazing and harassment) prohibited under the Code and the USTA Safe Play Policy. This includes all violations of the Proactive Policies.
Reports to the USTA can be made either by:
- Calling the USTA’s reporting hotline at 855-791-1345 (toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada)
- Emailing the USTA at firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly describing the incident, location of incident and people involved.
- ·Completing and submitting a Safe Play Misconduct Reporting form to the USTA. The online reporting tool and phone allow reporters to report anonymously, if they wish to keep their identities anonymous. However, anonymous reports may limit the USTA’s ability to investigate and respond to a complaint.
Should you need to contact someone immediately or have questions on how to report, please contact email@example.com.
Maliciously or vindictively making a report of misconduct is prohibited and may violate state and federal criminal laws as well as civil defamation laws and any sanctions issued by the USTA. In addition, the USTA and the Center will consider any forms of Retaliation a violation of the Safe Play Policy and the Code.
For more information, please see the USTA Safe Play Policy
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