More than four years after saying he had nothing to be sorry for, USA Swimming chief Chuck Wielgus apologized to victims of sexual abuse for the first time.
Wielgus has resisted repeated calls to step down as executive director and pointed to enhanced steps to protect athletes as proof that he was serious about eradicating sexual predators from the program.
But he was recently forced to withdraw from the International Swimming Hall of Fame induction class and now acknowledges that he should have done more.
Wielgus started a blog post on the organization's website with two words: "I'm sorry."
Safe4Athletes had the privilege to take part in an Al Jazeera interview on The Stream - The high price of Olympic glory on .
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.
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.
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.
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