Congress revisits bill aimed at protecting athletes from sexual abuse

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Congress is revisiting a bill aimed at protecting young athletes from sexual abuse.

The move follows last week's sentencing of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The measure would create a new organization within the U.S. Olympic Committee responsible for allegations of sexual abuse of minor and amateur athletes.

Larry Nassar may have been sentenced already for two decades of sexually abusing his patients, but many believe countless others could have intervened sooner, prompting questions of who knew what and when.
Along with Congress, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the NCAA, the U.S. Department of Education and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office are all investigating how such rampant abuse went ignored.

The fallout may reveal more than mishandling of Nassar’s abuse.

ESPN reported on Friday a pattern of suppressing reports of abuse, assault, violence and gender discrimination at Michigan State University.

A school spokesman acknowledged to ESPN that more needs to be done.

On Friday night, the Spartans’ head football coach said he has always worked with the proper authorities and that he is not stepping down.

The bill in Congress was passed by both the House and Senate last year, but because of changes to the language, it’s being brought up for a revote.

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