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Safe4Athletes

A few minutes of your time could be the difference between an athlete being silent about their abuse or having a voice to speak up. 

We are asking you to help make sports Safe4Athletes by taking a few minutes of your time to participate in our survey. By COMPLETING our survey we can learn a little bit more about each sport at every level.  

There is very little current data to truly understand the type of abuse that has transpired in sports for decades.  We know that it's there and know that each sport has different unique characteristics of the type of abuse (Sexual, verbal, physical and emotional). Help us change that by completing the survery. We want to hear from anyone that has competed for a single season to having committed to over 10,000 in pursuit of excellence in your sport. The more knowledge we can gain the bigger the impact. Help us change what is broken and preserve what makes sports great.  

The survey can be completed by either the athlete or an athlete parent of a minor competitor. The minor competitor can complete the survey as well as Athlete Self. All responses are anonymous. 

Please share this survey with your networks as the more the "past and present" athletes at all levels of sport participate the louder our collective voices become.

Click here to take the SURVEY we will look forward to sharing our findings in the coming months. (Stay Tuned)

 

Thank you for helping us Make Sports SAFE4ATHLETES



Friday, 14 February 2014 12:43

Safe4Athletes in February!!

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Traveling Far and Thru the Snow to Bring Safe4athletes to Sharon, Pennsylvania

 

Safe4Athletes would like to welcome Sharon High School to the Safe4Athletes program and recognize them as a leader in addressing the topic of abuse, bullying and harassment in team sports.  With the entire world currently watching the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, now is the time to elevate our message and inspire all athletes to be a part of a safe athletic community. 

 

As part of the program we are proud announce our new mobile app for the Smartphone, soon to be available in the App Store and Google Play.  The Safe4Athletes app puts the power of program into the hands of today’s youth enabling school and club sports programs, coaches, parents and athletes to become part of a community that does not condone any kind of abuse in sports.  The new app offers one of the first-of-its-kind Abuse Reporting features.   On the app, anyone will be able to report abuse, anonymously, right from their mobile phone, helping to empower every athlete and provide a safe and positive environment free of abuse, bullying and harassment.   

 

Check out our latest interview with Safe4Athletes founder, Katherine Starr at Sharon High School on WFMJ Local Sharon/Pittsburg Evening News.

 

Next Scheduled Interview is Feb 16th at 12:15pm (central time) Live Radio interview on America Weekend with Turi Ryder to discuss Athlete Safety. 

To learn more about becoming a Safe4Athletes Program please see our 4-Clubs page for details on getting started. 

 

Safe4Athletes had the privilege to take part in an Al Jazeera interview on The Stream - The high price of Olympic glory on January 9.

The broadcast included Attorney Jonathan Little, Dr. Mitch Abrams Ph.D and Nancy Hogshead-Makar.  The program examines how more athletes are coming forward and openly talking about the abuse they received from their coaches, whether it’s psychological or physical abuse, with several high profile cases making headlines.  Allegations of abuse are not limited to the U.S.  That’s exactly the reason Safe4Athletes pushes for more stringent policies that protect athletes from abusive coaches, whether they are Olympians or in club sports.  

 

Safe4Athletes is dedicated to athlete welfare -- where every athlete is provided a safe and positive environment free of sexual abuse, bullying and harassment.

 

USA Swimming supposedly hired an outside firm, the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, to give an assessment of its Safe Sport program and address how well the internal program has performed when it comes to investigating allegations of athlete sexual abuse.

There was mention of addressing the USA Swimming population of almost 350,000 members and requiring them to act as mandatory reporters, being on the look out for abuse in the home. There was also mention of the fact that swimmers expose much of their body when in swimming suits so that abuse in the home might be more widely recognized. 

All these issues are important but they miss the mark when it comes to understanding the power dynamic between the coach and the athlete.  It is critical to address coaches’ behaviors that are professionally unacceptable but tolerated for fear the coach will retaliation by withdrawing teaching attention or selection for competition. The report also fails to understand the role that parents play in pushing their child to success and encouraging their children to do whatever the coach tells them to do.  

Parents come to Safe4Athletes daily asking for advice and help on how to address the coach’s misuse of power in the  sports environment.   These answers and solutions are within reach if the sports program has implemented the Safe4Athletes   program because policies specifically prohibit grooming, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse as well as bullying behaviors. There are clear and concise definitions and actions to be taken in response to such behaviors.  These administrative actions are swift because they happen  at the local level.  There is no risk of delay or reports being lost in the bureaucracy of the national organization.

 When such a locally administered program is not in place, parents and athletes have little recourse unless they go to USA Swimming and file a complaint which can take in some cases years or offer no resolution at all. What do parents and abused athletes   do in the meantime--Sit around in frustration or find another place to train?  The negative choices in such a situation are endless.  Lack of swift and certain resolution causes frustration amongst the teammates and the parents alike. 

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