- A Message from USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny
- United States Olympic Committee statement regarding SafeSport
- Information on how USA Gymnastics handles allegations of sexual misconduct
- Statement from Child Lures Prevention/Teen Lures Prevention, a USA Gymnastics educational partner
- USA Gymnastics’ SafeSport Timeline
August, 4, 2016 – Below is the response from Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, to the Indianapolis Star’s story published today.
“Addressing issues of sexual misconduct has been important to USA Gymnastics for many years, and the organization is committed to promoting a safe environment for its athletes. We find it appalling that anyone would exploit a young athlete or child in this manner, and recognize the effect this behavior can have on a person’s life. USA Gymnastics has been proactive in helping to educate the gymnastics community over the years, and will continue to take every punitive action available within our jurisdiction, and cooperate fully with law enforcement.
“USA Gymnastics believes it has a duty to report to law enforcement whenever circumstances warrant, as was the case when I initiated the report of Marvin Sharp. USA Gymnastics has been assured by law enforcement that it went above and beyond its legal obligations to report on this matter. USA Gymnastics has, in the strongest terms, encouraged anyone who believes abuse has occurred to contact law enforcement and frequently works with law enforcement on these matters.
“USA Gymnastics seeks first-hand knowledge whenever allegations of abuse arise as the most reliable source to take action and as outlined in its bylaws and policies. The organization has continually reviewed its best practices on how it addresses these issues and has been among the first to initiate new policies and procedures including publishing a list of banned coaches and instituting national background checks.
“We remain committed to this effort and have been working closely with the U.S. Olympic Committee to help keep athletes safe in all sports.
“With the Judge considering whether to dismiss the pending lawsuit in Georgia, there are limits on what the organization can say publicly during litigation. Nonetheless, USA Gymnastics provided the Indianapolis Star with substantial information on its policies and procedures to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to the safety of its athletes within the scope of its jurisdiction and governance structure. We feel the Star left out significant facts that would have painted a more accurate picture of our efforts.”
For information on how USA Gymnastics handles allegations of sexual misconduct, please click here.