Gymnasts, lawmakers cheer bill that would strengthen sexual assault reporting requirements in amateur sports

The bill was written after Dr. Larry Nassar assault revelations.

The bill, which passed the Senate by a unanimous voice vote Tuesday afternoon, would, in part, require anyone in a national amateur sports organization to report sexual abuse to law enforcement within 24 hours and expand the statute of limitations so that it begins only when a victim realizes he or she has been abused. That expansion is expected to help protect younger victims who may not understand what is happening at the time of assault.

“Today would not have been possible without the women standing here,” Feinstein said during the press conference, which took place before the Senate voice vote. “They decided to come forward, they shared their pain and they did everything they could to see that what happened to them would never happen to anyone else again.”

While the lawmakers and gymnasts cheered the bill's progress, Antolin noted that there is still much more to be done, including what the gymnasts hope is a congressional investigation into why USA Gymnastics and others did not do more when the allegations were first reported.

“Time is not on our side. We must act now. Time is up,” Antolin said.