Washington, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement announcing the House’s action on S. 583, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017:
“This week, the world witnessed firsthand the bravery of 156 women—so many of whom have represented our country at the highest levels of athletics in the Olympics—confronting a man they were told they could trust as Larry Nassar was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting them. For years, he operated without oversight as his victims lacked the ability to safely and effectively report their abuse. These women have endured too much, which is why we must do more to protect our amateur athletes so this never happens again. This legislation, which the House will again consider on Monday, will improve mandatory training, increase requirements for reporting abuse, and reform a broken system that has failed victims in the past.”
Background: The House of Representatives passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act (H.R. 1973) by Rep. Susan Brooks on May 25 with a vote of 415-3.