USA Track and Field is committed to using technology that will provide athletes with an additional method to anonymously report sexual abuse and other forms of misconduct.
The organization announced Thursday an agreement with RealResponse, a company that serves approximately 100,000 athletes in nearly 1,500 professional, college, Olympic and grassroots sports organizations. The USATF is one of four national governing bodies in the U.S. Olympic domain to register; USA Gymnastics also has an agreement with RealResponse.
“We have prioritized an additional reporting system that is transparent, simple, and secure,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement.
RealResponse allows users to report misconduct anonymously with text, then allows organizations to easily follow up on reports without compromising the anonymity of the reporter. It ignores the intake forms and drop-down menus that populate many reporting applications.
Even since the US Center for SafeSport was founded five years ago, many Olympic organizations have struggled to create simple reporting systems like those offered by RealResponse.
Last year, the company, founded by former Rice basketball player David Chadwick, signed on US Anti-Doping Agencywhich integrates that company’s technology with its own to make it easier for whistleblowers to report doping.
Chadwick described the new agreement as a way to give USATF members “that safe, confidential, and accessible way to come forward and communicate the issues they face.”
“And that allows the USATF to be extremely responsive in a timely manner, to gather information, point to resources, and help prevent these types of tragedies from happening again,” Chadwick said.