Repeating Our Call For Athlete Sexual Abuse Victims to Seek Resources and Support From the Federal Government

Passing Down the Swimming Wisdom From Generation to Generation
February 6, 2013
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February 7, 2013

I am reproducing below an item first published on this blog last week.

There are indications that historical victims of sex abuse in USA Swimming, including those from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, are beginning to come forward in more significant numbers. These people need to know that they are not alone and that the FBI office in Southern California is prepared to give them the support they need.

 

Attention, Open Amateur Sports Sex Abuse Victims — A New Federal Government Resource

Published January 31st, 2013

Through two different sources who are working hard to detox open amateur sports, I have learned of a new federal government investigative resource for victims of sexual abuse inside these sports — including but not limited to swimming.

If you are a victim, please call FBI Special Agent Randall Devine at 310.477.6565.

Quite apart from any legal or legislative ramifications, this is a welcome and hugely important development for those who have not received sufficient support for crimes against them.

As it was explained to me, the investigator is only interested in speaking directly to victims. Please don’t come forward if you are just a relative or a witness. The purpose here is to develop a comprehensive file establishing the systemic nature of this problem. Therefore, the statute of limitations doesn’t matter. Nor does it matter if the victim has already settled a tort law case. Complete confidentiality is assured for this project — which is focused strictly on fact-finding and -gathering.

 
Irv Muchnick

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