The U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe Program addresses the following types of abuse, harassment, and misconduct:
- Sexual abuse and misconduct
- Physical abuse and misconduct
- Emotional abuse and misconduct
- Bullying, threats, and harassment
- Willfully tolerating misconduct
Anyone experiencing issues with the above listed areas or any of the additional rules established in the codes of conduct may contact the SkateSafe Compliance Chair, Julie Karkosak at firstname.lastname@example.org or the skater representative, Hannah Miller. Any suspected SkateSafe violation may also be reported directly to U.S. Figure Skating at www.usfigureskating.org/skatesafe. Reports of sexual misconduct or abuse should be made directly to the U.S. Center for SkateSafe.
Complaints received by the skater representative that could involve an area addressed by the SkateSafe program shall be reported promptly to the SkateSafe Chair for review. The SkateSafe Compliance Chair will consult with the Skating Director as appropriate and shall refer all reports of a violation of the SkateSafe policies to U.S. Figure Skating.
Both LSC and, if applicable, U.S. Figure Skating will use reasonable efforts to maintain anonymity but cannot guarantee that a report will remain anonymous. Regardless of whether an allegation is proven, LSC and U.S. Figure Skating will support the Claimant(s) and his or her right to express concerns in good faith. Neither LSC nor U.S. Figure Skating will allow or tolerate attempts from any individual to retaliate, punish or in any way harm any individual(s) who report a concern in good faith. Such retaliatory actions against a Claimant may be grounds for disciplinary action.
We all can play a role in preventing abuse and reducing misconduct in sport. The U.S. Figure Skating SkateSafe Program provides resources for all members to identify abuse and misconduct, steps that can be taken to reduce it, and procedures to respond to it.
CLICK HERE for more information and access to the SkateSafe Handbook.