U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

New US athlete protection group tells AP of reports of abuse

Only three weeks since opening its doors, the U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating 21 cases involving sexual misconduct or abuse in Olympic sports.

The center's website offers a hotline and an online reporting form for those who have been victims of abuse or know of such cases.

In an interview with The Associated Press, CEO Shellie Pfohl (pronounced fole) said the early influx of reports might stem from people waiting for the center to open.

The organization operates independently from the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizations governing Olympic sports. The USOC and the 47 national governing bodies help fund the center — about $13.3 million over five years —...