Confronting Sexual Abuse and Harassment by Sport Coaches: A Need for a National Effort

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The world of sports has been riddled with sexual abuse and harassment of young athletes by their powerful and publicly respected coaches (respected for producing performance results) for many decades, across all sports, regardless of sex. While there is no consistently collected data on the prevalence of these transgressions, there is reason to believe that news reports and limited data from national sport governing bodies represent the proverbial “tip of the iceberg”. 

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Katherine Starr

As is true about the origins of many not-for-profit organizations, Safe4Athletes was born out of the personal experience of its founder, Katherine Starr. Having being an elite athlete who endured sexual abuse during the course of her career with no resources available to help her, she simply wanted to do something to ensure that athletes following in her footsteps did not have to repeat her experience. In her own words…READ HER STORY

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  • Learn about adopting the Safe4Athletes Program
    Written by Katherine Starr


    Safe4Athletes has created a video to learn more about adopting the Safe4Athletes program at your club or school.  

    The video will also give you a brief overview of abuse in sports.  We encourage everyone to take a few minutes

    and learn about abusive behaviour in sports and what

    you can do to protect your sports environment as an athlete or a parent.  

    For more information on how to adopt a Safe4Athletes program visit  4-clubs 

    For more information for athletes information can be found at  4-athletes 

    Click here to View the Video



    Written on Sunday, 03 January 2016 07:43
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