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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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  • Have 2 Minutes? Take the Safe4Athletes Survey to help Make Sports Safe4Athletes
    Written by Katherine Starr

    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



    Written on Saturday, 22 February 2014 09:11
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