Daniel Pollack, professor of social work at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, will serve on an independent Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the institutional responses to sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Established by CHILD USA, a University of Pennsylvania-based think tank focused on child abuse and neglect, with funding from the Foundation for Global Sports Development, the commission is titled, “Game Over: Commission to Protect Youth Athletes.” It will immediately engage in a fact-finding exercise before conducting public hearings to bring to greater light what happened and what went wrong in reporting. The commission expects to release a full, public report in the beginning of 2020 with the goal of preventing abuse in the future.

“I hope this commission can address a culture of self-serving secrecy that exists in this area,” said Professor Pollack. “It shouldn’t be a risk to be a young athlete any more than it should be a risk to be young, period, and these criminal convictions demonstrate that hundreds of athletes have been victimized. It’s the systemic and pervasive nature of what was going on and how many people may have known what was going on that’s so shocking, and that’s what we’re trying to investigate.”

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