How To Report Abuse
Whether you are a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) or Equestrian Canada or are non-federation member involved in equestrian sport, there are multiple resources available to report sexual misconduct.
Misconduct Reporting Resources
United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)
Reporting is mandatory for USEF members. All USEF members are required to report misconduct to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. This could include (a) sexual misconduct, (b) misconduct that is reasonably related to the underlying allegation of sexual misconduct, and (c) retaliation related to an allegation of sexual misconduct. This report is to be made within 24 hours of learning about the alleged misconduct.
Individuals should not investigate or attempt to evaluate the credibility or validity of allegations involving sexual misconduct, as a condition of reporting to the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
This video outlines the process:
If you have a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse or neglect has occurred, contact the authorities. All reports of child abuse or sexual assault of a minor must be reported to local authorities and the U.S. Center for SafeSport.
For additional resources visit www.usef.org/safe-sport/reporting.
USEF handles all reports of non-sexual misconduct, including harassment, hazing, bullying, physical, or emotional misconduct or a violation of the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies. Non-sexual misconduct may be reported to USEF by submitting an Incident Report Form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
USEF also has contacts for its Athlete Protection Team representatives available on its website.
Equestrian Canada has retained Brian Ward from W&W Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. to provide the equestrian community with expert and objective third-party facilitation of complaints.
For immediate assistance regarding reporting procedures, email Ward at email@example.com.
If the abuser is not under the jurisdiction of USEF or EC, there are still resources available to report misconduct.
Call the direct line of your local police department or visit the station in person.
If you are on a college campus, you may also be able to contact campus-based law enforcement.
Visit a medical center.
If you are being treated for injuries resulting from sexual assault, tell a medical professional that you wish to report the crime. You can also choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam.
If you are in immediate danger or your safety is at risk, call 911 for emergency assistance. You can report an assault and receive assistance from the authorities, regardless of your age.
You are not alone — if you encounter child sexual abuse, resources and support are available. Call to have questions answered or chat with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7 at no charge. All conversations are confidential.