The Safe Sport Policy located at the bottom of this page is intended to ensure that all equestrians participating in USEF competitions and sponsored activities are able to train and compete in a respectful environment free of all forms of harassment and abuse. Harassment and abuse have no place in sport. USEF aims to provide a simple reporting process, which is described in detail below along with an Incident Report Form located at the bottom of this page.
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24-Hour Victim Services Helpline
For 24/7 crisis support, contact the SafeSport crisis line for crisis interventions, referrals and emotional support. This confidential and secure helpline is operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. These confidential services can be reached at 1.866.200.0796. For more information regarding the helpline, please visit www.safesporthelpline.org.
U.S. Center for SafeSport
Education & Awareness: USEF has partnered with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, www.safesport.org, to deliver education and awareness, two of the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment. The Center has a team of subject matter experts who develop best practices, policies, and programs consistent with guidance from leading organizations.
Response & Resolution: The U.S. Center for SafeSport is authorized under the Protecting Young Victim's from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 to respond to ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Center has exclusive jurisdiction over reports of sexual misconduct involving persons under USEF's disciplinary jurisdiction regardless of where or when the misconduct occurred. Failure to report suspected sexual abuse under this Act of 2017 is a crime and may result in criminal penalties. More information can be found on the Center's website, www.safesport.org. More information about the Protecting Young Victim's from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 can be found at the bottom of this page.
U.S. Center for SafeSport Code: All participants in USEF competitions and sponsored activities are bound by the U.S. Center for SafeSport's SafeSport Code. The SafeSport Code and the Center's Practices and Procedures can be found at the bottom of this page.
Safe Sport Training
A critical component of an effective Safe Sport program is education. The Safe Sport Policy requires certain categories of individuals to successfully complete awareness training every two years. USEF encourages all members to complete the training. The training can be found here and accessed using the access code 7MNA-86XI-FX4E-9GAN.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
The U.S. Center for SafeSport handles ALL reports of sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Make a report to the Center if you have a reasonable suspicion of sexual misconduct such as child sex abuse, non-consensual sexual conduct, sexual harassment or intimate relationships involving an imbalance of power. You may submit a report or concern electronically to the Center or telephonically at 720-524-5640.
Contact your local authorities if you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must also be reported to local authorities. Reports of abuse not involving a minor may also be reported to local authorities. Contact information is available here.
Reporting other Misconduct of Non-Sexual Nature
USEF handles all reports of suspected misconduct that is non-sexual in nature. This includes harassment, hazing, bullying, physical or emotional misconduct, which are all defined in the Safe Sport Policy located at the bottom of this page. The decision to report an incident or suspicion can be a difficult one. We understand that and have provided different options for reporting. Anonymous reports are accepted but can be difficult to investigate and may lead to no action. Reports can be made electronically to [email protected], or electronically or telephonically to any of the following individuals on the Athlete Protection Team:
Sonja S. Keating, USEF General Counsel
Sarah Gilbert, Paralegal
Emily Pratt, Director of Regulation
A Safe Sport Incident Report Form is located at the bottom of this page.
Required Awareness Training & Criminal Background Check
In accordance with the Safe Sport Policy, the following categories of individuals are required to sucessfully complete awareness training and a criminal background check every two years:
- USEF Board of Directors
- USEF Staff
- USEF Licensed Officials
- US Team Coaches & Technical Advisors
- US Team Chef d'Equipes
- US Team Veterinarians
- US Team Selectors
- Human Physio Therapists
A list of individuals who have received a lifetime ban, permanently resigned their membership, or been declared permanently ineligible for membership in USEF can be found here.