Safe Sport Policy
Promoting the Safety and Welfare of Horses and Riders
The intent of the Safe Sport Policy 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 Policy. 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.
Make a Report By Email or Calling
Sonja S. Keating, USEF General Counsel
859 225 2045
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
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.