I recently spoke with Katherine Starr about her philosophy on how to better protect youth athletes against bullying, mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse. Katherine has a unique perspective as she was an Olympic swimmer who endured sexual abuse during her 10 year career with no resources available to help her. As a result, she founded Safe4Athletes to provide a solid framework to help vulnerable youth.
Katherine recommends that youth programs adopt a position called an Athlete Welfare Advocate. The Athlete Welfare Advocate provides an education to staff on these topics and is a confidential source where youth can turn to discuss these types of unspeakable problems.
To learn more about becoming or creating the volunteer position of “athlete welfare advocate” in your sports program or the other athlete protection policies that every youth sport program should have in place, go to Safe4Athletes and find out how to implement a Safe4Athletes program for your local sports program.
Here is her blog on Huffington Post: click here for blog
Check out the website to see a list of organizations that are taking advantage of her services as well as a list of coaches who have been permanently banned from their governing bodies.
What do you think?
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