Alleged Sex Abuse Victims Call on USA Swimming to Work With Them to Protect Kids

The spokeswoman also said that the club had formalized a "buddy policy" requiring all swimmers to have another person present while alone with a coach, club employee or volunteer, after the revelation that a teen swimmer had been repeatedly molested inside a shed housed at the high school where the club trained.

Caren Bonnet, another King victim, said that she would like to see USA Swimming require such policies at its member clubs across the country.

"There need to be rules against one-on-one time with coaches and swimmers," said Caren Bonnet, who was repeatedly molested by King in the late 1980s and 1990s. "There should always be a chaperone, parent, another athlete, another coach so that these opportunities don't present themselves."

Boy Scouts of America and US Gymnastics have adopted policies to minimize the one on one time between kids and adults. Boy Scouts of America strictly prohibits "one-on-one" contact between adults and youth member. Last year, US Gymnastics adopted new "standards of behavior" including guidance for coaches to "avoid being alone with a minor."

In a recent interview with ABC News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, USA Swimming's Chuck Wielgus said the organization is currently studying the "three in a room rule," which would require a chaperone to be present at all times.

"I think it might be a very good idea," Wielgus said.

Olympic Gold Medalist: Who is USA Swimming Working With?

Olympic gold medalist Deena Deardurff Schmidt said she wants to know who USA Swimming is consulting as it evaluates its policies and drafts new safeguards.

"Are they working with any victims? Are there any women who are involved in this?" asked Schmidt, who recently went public with her allegations that a coach who helped her reach the Olympics in 1972 had molested her over a period of years starting when she was 11.

Schmidt said she received a letter from Wielgus on Monday, the first time she had heard from USA Swimming since going public with her story three weeks ago. She said Wielgus wrote that, to his knowledge, USA Swimming had never turned a blind eye to issues of inappropriate conduct by coaches.

In addition to announcing the anonymous hotline, Wielgus' email emphasized the role of parents and the local clubs. Alluding to the "20/20" report, he said that the sport of swimming "has been portrayed in a very bad light."

Click here to read the full letter to swim coaches.

"I don't think anyone's intent is to put a blemish on USA Swimming," said Ash. "We love the sport, we've always love the sport. It brought a lot of good things to our lives, and we just want to see change. We don't want this to happen to young girls again, in any youth sport."


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