How to Report Abuse

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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.

United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

Sexual Misconduct

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 usef.org/safe-sport/reporting.

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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 safesport@usef.org. USEF also has contacts for its Athlete Protection Team representatives available on its website.

Equestrian Canada

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.

Complaints may be submitted electronically online and via PDF.

For immediate assistance regarding reporting procedures, email Ward at safesport_wwdrs@primus.ca.

Non-Federation Members

If the abuser is not under the jurisdiction of USEF or EC, there are still resources available to report misconduct.

  • Call 911
  • 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.

Mental Health Resources

 A growing number of mental health resources are available through both national equestrian federations and non-profit organizations to provide support to survivors and the people around them. Take advantage of these resources—they’re here to help.

United States Equestrian Federation (USEF)

US Equestrian has partnered with the McLaughlin Young Group to offer free, confidential counseling services for mental health first aid for all federation members. Professional counseling services are available for personal, work-related, and family concerns for up to three visits or sessions through a third-party licensed provider. All providers are state-licensed, with a graduate degree and five years of post-graduate clinical experience, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

Call to reach a counselor: 1-800-633-3353

USEF also offers education resources for parents, including Toolkits, which can be found here.

Equestrian Canada (EC)

The Canadian Sport Hotline is available to the equestrian sport community in Canada for advice, guidance and resources—and to be directly connected to Brian Ward, Equestrian Canada’s Complaint Manager.

Call the Canadian Sport Hotline: 1-888-837-7678

All active EC Sport License Holders have free access to the Fostering Healthy Equestrian Environments courses via the ECampus. Fostering Healthy Equestrian Environments was designed to help equestrian coaches, trainers, officials and sport leaders learn how to create and support a safe and respectful environment for all participants.

The Equestrian Canada Abuse Policy can be found here. 

Non-Federation Members

United States

In the United States, the National SexualAssault Hotline at 1-800-HOPE (4673) is available to learn more about options in your area. You’ll be connected to a staff member from a local sexual assault service provider who will talk you through the process of getting help.

You can find a local RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) affiliate here.

Canada

In Canada, Abuse-Free-Sport.ca was created to host the Canadian Sport Hotline and is a centralized hub of information for sport participants of all levels. For more information, contact info@abuse-free-sport.ca.