SwimAssist is USA Swimming’s assistance fund for survivors of abuse. Established in 2014, the goal of SwimAssist is to support survivors with the financial burden of seeking counseling, therapy, or other healing treatment. Just as important as the development of educational resources in abuse prevention programs, we recognize our responsibility to provide support and resources to survivors of abuse wherever possible. No one should ever experience abuse while participating in sport, including swimming.
Any member who has experienced abuse in connection with their participation in USA Swimming may qualify for the organization’s SwimAssist program.
SwimAssist is set up to accommodate the many ways a survivor may need to heal. There are three levels of SwimAssist:
(1) Initial Counseling
(2) Ongoing Counseling
(3) Alternative Assistance
USA Swimming will work with the survivor, their selected treatment provider, and the SwimAssist Panel to remove barriers to healing and help complete the necessary paperwork that each level of assistance might require.
Selecting a therapist or counseling provider is a very personal process and a decision that a survivor should have complete power to make. The survivor and their family will select a provider who they feel is best. USA Swimming can assist in identifying
local resources for a survivor but will not have any input or final say in what treatment provider a survivor chooses.
Fees for services will be paid by USA Swimming directly to the provider.
We appreciate the individuals who have come forward to share their experiences and hope that those who have received SwimAssist have found it helpful to their healing process. If you feel that SwimAssist would benefit you, now or in the future, please reach out. Or for additional information, please go to http://www.usaswimming.org/protect.