What happened to you is not your fault. You are not alone. Navigating your next steps as a survivor may be difficult, but know that you have options. If you are unsure of what to do, look through some of your options below to better understand what each process may look like. You can change your mind on reporting, but your legal options may be limited depending on state laws like the Statute of Limitations.
Note: Each case is different and depends upon the date of offense or offenses, where the perpetrator has been living, the law at the time of offense, and changes that may have extended. Statute of Limitations should be explored with law enforcement, prosecution and or civil attorneys.
Reporting as an athlete
If you participate in a sport organization that is a member of a national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and you need to make a report, click here to fill out the Sexual Misconduct Incident Reporting Form sent to SafeSport. Learn more here about what happens after you report here.
If you are in a sport organization that is unaffiliated with a national governing body, request and familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures for reporting abuse from your organization.
Reporting as a man
Men who are sexually abused or assaulted may feel especially isolated or alone. Know that you are not, and that we, and many others stand with you. There is some social stigma around male sexual abuse and assault, and a lot of this comes from lack of awareness and understanding the affects of the experience, and what is needed to move forward. You are not alone in your experiences, and there are resources that are geared specifically for you. Check out more information here.
Some Options for everyone Include:
No matter what you decide to do, we recommend that you:
Consider telling a support person you trust
What if the person I told wasn’t supportive? Click here.
2. Seek professional mental health support
Note: Psychotherapists (therapists, and psychologists) are mandatory reporters. If you are a minor, elder, or a person with a disability, or you report feeling suicidal, or has certain kinds of injuries, the provider may be obligated to breach confidentiality. It’s not a reason avoid seeking care of course, but it is important to note the privacy implications of seeking such care.
3. Seek medical treatment
4. Practice Self Care
We are not lawyers, the information on this website does not constitute legal advice, and the information on this website in no way creates an attorney-client relationship between The Army of Survivors, its employees, Board Members, or other affiliates. We encourage you to contact a lawyer to discuss your complaint or potential lawsuit.