Congressional staffers meet USA Swimming, USOC

Congressional staffers have met with representatives of the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming to discuss ways to reduce the risk of sexual abuse in youth sports.

Democratic spokeswoman Tiffany Edwards of the Committee on Education & the Workforce describes Wednesday’s meeting in Washington, D.C., as starting point to address a troubling issue with a wide range of affected parties.

The meeting stemmed out of Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) asking the Government Accountability Office in June to expand its investigation into the Penn State sexual abuse scandal to include youth sports. That came shortly after famed coach Rick Curl was sentenced to seven years in prison for a relationship he had with an underage swimmer in the 1980s.

Miller is out of the country and did not attend the meeting.

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