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SmartTeams™ Talks: Safe4Athlete's Katherine Starr Says Four Steps To Preventing Sexual Abuse Of Athletes

In a powerful and frank SmartTeams Talk, a two-time Olympic swimmer and sexual abuse victim talks about the steps required to prevent abuse of athletes by coaches.

Katherine Starr: Safe4Athletes' Founder Fighting To Keep Kids Safe From Sexual Abuse, Harassment, and Bullying

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam asked our friends in the medical, health, fitness, nutrition and athletic training communities to write blogs answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, as the month draws to a close, we hear from Katherine Starr, a former two-time Olympic swimmer and founder of Safe4Athletes, an advocacy and educational non-profit fighting to keep athletes safe from sexual abuse, harassment and bullying.

A former two-time Olympic swimmer talks about why she founded Safe4Athletes, an advocacy and educational non-profit fighting to keep athletes safe from sexual abuse, harassment and bullying.

Ending Sexual Abuse of Youth Athletes: Is It A “Sports Welfare” Issue?

Though the wheels on Capitol Hill don't turn as fast as Missy Franklin's arms in the water, the months are ticking down to a full-blown congressional investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by coaches in swimming and other amateur sports which fall under the umbrella of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Survey To Collect Data On Coaches' Attitudes On Child Abuse Policies and Reporting

The issue of child abuse in youth sports has been one MomsTEAM cares deeply about, but what are the attitudes about youth sports coaches about child abuse policies and reporting? A survey of coaches being conducted by Jeff Noble, Ed.D, a professor in the Department of Sports Management at Wichita State University, is trying to find out.

Alleged Cover-Up of Sex Abuse By Former Olympic Coach Fuels Federal Investigation of USA Swimming

Allegations that USA Swimming helped cover up charges of sexual abuse of swimmers by former coach Everett Uchiyama, the national team director who was allowed to secretly resign in 2006, are fueling investigations by a California congressman and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Here's the latest on the continuing scandal from investigative journalist Irv Muchnick.

The Truth About Sexual Abuse Of Athletes By Coaches: It's All About Power

Since the Sandusky case, many have jumped on the bandwagon to address child sexual abuse in sports. We show videos of adolescent aged girls and boys being targeted and abused. Without a doubt, we react emotionally and with revulsion to something so horrific as the taking the innocence of a young child.Girl swimming butterfly

Yet, that isn't the whole truth when discussing coach-athlete sexual abuse. If you look at the list of banned swim coaches on the USA Swimming website, there isn't one coached banned for sexual abuse who was accused of having a relationship with a swimmer under the age of 13.

Since the Jerry Sandusky case, many have jumped on the bandwagon to address child sexual abuse in sports. The problem is that we are still not seeing the issue as the abuse of power that it is, says the founder of Safe4Athletes, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting sexual abuse of athletes.

On Eve of Congressional Meeting, USA Swimming Escalates Lobbying and PR in Coach Sex Abuse Scandals

This week's announcement that USA Swimming has commissioned an "independent review" of its safe sport program is just the latest in a series of chess moves by this U.S. Olympic Committee national governing body in the run-up to a meeting next week with the staff of Congressman George Miller, the California Democrat and ranking minority member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce who is investigating how the organization responds to sexual abuse allegations.

USA Swimming's Response To Sexual Abuse By Coaches: Treat It As PR Headache

An investigative journalist says USA Swimming's response to all the negative press it has gotten for a generation's accumulation of anecdotes of coach sexual abuse of underage athletes is just to treat it as a public relations headache.

Reducing Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports Requires A Team Effort


Earlier this spring  I had the honor of being invited to speak at the "Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse" summit in Washington, DC, sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.  

The summit brought together over fifty of the nation's largest youth-serving and youth-sports organizations, as well as child development, youth sports and prevention experts, to discuss strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse while playing sports.

The need to redouble efforts to prevent sexual abuse of athletes by their coaches was driven home to Brooke de Lench over the past couple of weeks, which has seen a sharp spike in reports in the media about youth sports coaches accused and convicted of, and sentenced to probation or jail for sex crimes against young athletes.

Rick Curl Sex Abuse Case Raises New Concerns

The evidence suggests that the problem of sex abuse by coaches on college campuses isn't limited to Penn State, and that college administrators may have turned a blind eye in several instances to allegations of sex abuse by swim coaches in age-group programs that shared staff, pools and locker rooms with their own.
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