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Safe Sport Policy

Promoting the Safety and Welfare of Horses and Riders

The intent of the Safe Sport Initiative is to provide information, resources, and a protocol so that all members of the equestrian community have awareness, tools, and a support structure to ensure a safe and positive environment for equestrians to develop their skills. The USEF depends on the eyes and ears of its athletes, coaches, and USEF Designees to support its Safe Sport policies. It is requested that all who participate in equestrian sport become familiar with the content of the handbook and be mindful of its guidelines during training sessions and competitions.

How To Recognize, Reduce, and Respond

This handbook is intended for all members who participate in equestrian sport. It provides an understanding of how to recognize, reduce, and respond to unfortunate dangers of misconduct and abuse within the sport.

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Exemption Request Form

Safe Sport Training

Make a Report By Email or Calling

one of the following individuals on the Athlete Protection Team:
Sonja S. Keating, USEF General Counsel
[email protected]
859 225 6956

Sarah Gilbert, Paralegal
[email protected]
859 225 2045

Emily Pratt, Director
[email protected]
859 225 6956

Safe Sport Incident Report Form

The decision to report an incident or suspicion can be a difficult one. The Safe Sport Policy Handbook outlines reporting procedures that are designed to remove as many barriers as possible. All reports will be handled with the full extent of confidentiality allowed by law.

Myth: You can recognize predators through physical traits

Fact: The best way to recognize predators is through their conduct. You can't spot a predator by gender, by age, or sport. But you can recognize predators through the grooming process — the observable process by which an adult identifies a vunerable child, breaks down his or her resistance over time, and then sexually abuses that child.

Myth: Sexual abuse is more prevalent in certain sports

Fact: Predators target youth athletes, regardless of the sport. Not only do predators gain athlete's trust but they gain the trust of the athlete's parents as well. Much of the parent's trust is gained simply from being a coach — from holding that position of confidence and authority.

Myth: Only girls are sexually abused

Fact: 6% of male athletes experience some form of sexual abuse. Research shows female athletes are more likely to be sexually abused and sexually harassed, but a small percentage of males reported abuse. Since boys are less likely to report such offenses, that prevalence rate is likely even higher.

Myth: Background checks are enough to keep predators out of sport

Fact: Background checks will not detect a large majority of predators. It's been determined that over 90% of adults who sexually assault children will never be reported to authorities. Since background checks only identify persons who have been arrested and convicted of a criminal offense, record checks will never be enough to keep predators out of sport.