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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March 10th, 2014 - New York City - Fundraiser Dinner

Nocello - 7-10pm 


Safe4Athlete is having a Fundraiser/Dinner in New York City at Nocello,  Fine Italian Cuisine. 

Join us for a night of some good food and good company, while learning about the mission of Safe4Athletes and how you can help give a voice to Athletes everywhere.  

Safe4Athletes mission is to provide a safe and positive environment for every athlete, free of abuse, bullying and harassment.  We need your support in giving every athlete a voice.  Often Athletes will sit in silence rather than sacrifice their career.  Safe4Athletes has a program that addresses the coach/athlete power dynamic. We need help spreading our free program and resources to those that needed it.  

Our program is growing and we need help supporting the demand to make sports safe4athletes across the country.  We have seen success with the Safe4Athletes program with programs that have taken a leadership role addressing abuse in sports. We need aid and support from others to breakdown the coach/athlete power dynamic through implementing the Safe4Athletes in sports programs everywhere. We have seen success at every level of sports, whether it be collegiate, open amateur sports clubs and high school sports.  

While the resources for every sports program are free from the Safe4Athletes website, we offer assistance with issues and help victims with obtaining resources, such as therapists and legal assistance.  All funds go towards making sports Safe4Athletes.   

Come join us for a night of Food, Fun and Friends (New and Old)

Where: Nocello 

Address: 257 W. 55th st, New York, NY 10019

When: March 10th, 2014

Time: 7-10pm

Dress Code: Business Casual

Menu: A three course meal followed by a selection of Italian desserts and coffee.  

Donation $125 includes tax and tip (alcohol not included)

or JOIN US on the VIP table $250 per person and get a chance to speak with the Founder.  All Corporate Donations will be recognized and displayed at the Event.  Contact us about Corporate Sponsorship at 1-855.723.3422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Founder Katherine Starr Joins the USOC Safe Sport Advisory Council
    Written by Katherine Starr

    COLORADO SPRINGS – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the formation of an independent advisory council to guide the launch of the United States Center for Safe Sport. The council is charged with providing industry expertise to support and inform the center during its start-up phase through June 2015.

    The USOC’s board of directors unanimously approved the creation of the U.S. Center for Safe Sport in June 2014 based on recommendations from the USOC’s Safe Sport Working Group. The independent entity will oversee education programs for safe sport, and investigate and adjudicate claims of misconduct in sports that are managed by USOC-sanctioned National Governing Bodies.

    “There is no national agency today that is responsible for the safety and well-being of young athletes and we’re in position to lead this important effort,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “The National Center for Safe Sport will help fill that vacuum by providing training and resources, promoting open dialogue and conducting investigations on a national level.”

    The seven-member council consists of external experts and industry leaders in abuse prevention, including Tony Foreman (Oklahoma City Police Department), Angelo Giardino (Texas Children’s Hospital), W. Scott Lewis (National Center for Higher Risk Management Group), Laurie Nathan (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children), Stephanie Smith (Child Protection Training Services), Katherine Starr (Safe4Athletes) and Dr. Jeffery Wilkins (Cedars-Sinai).

    Written on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 15:17
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