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Having been an Olympic swimmer who endured sexual abuse during the entire course of her 10-year career, with no resources available to help her, Katherine founded Safe4Athletes in 2011, with its official launch in January 2012.

Katherine Starr showed promise since her first stroke and began Olympic training at the age of 11. She continued to excel as a swimmer and competed on the 1984 and 1988 Great Britain Olympic Team. In 1986 she won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Katherine experienced success at the collegiate level: swimming for the University of Texas, participating on three NCAA championship teams and being a 14-time All-American.

By applying the lessons learned through competitive swimming, Katherine’s professional career blossomed, alongside her athletic achievements. Katherine gained a prestigious and solid business background in the corporate world working with Softbank/Mobius Venture Capitalist (original investor in Yahoo!), AOL Time Warner, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Honeywell, among others.

The world of swimming created another unexpected area of interest for Katherine: it sparked her passion for film and television production. As a successful Olympic swimmer, she made many television appearances and spoke with the press throughout various stages of competition, giving her a taste for media. She has gone on to direct and produce commercials for Conoco Philips, Elite Sports Technologies, Wonderland, as well as directing and producing documentary films on such subjects as substance abuse and legal ethics.

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I'm Embarrassed And Ashamed That My Sport Of Swimming Produced A Monster

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 2:27 PM

I first need to say to the survivor, I'm sorry. There are no words of empathy that can salve the pain that you must be going through; the pain that was so violently forced upon you and the pain that resides so deep that only you can hear its voice....

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The Real Truth About Collegiate Athletic Scholarships

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Since the formation of the new power five conferences, there has been a stream of Division 1 schools announcing the guarantee of 4-year athletic scholarships for sports that give out so-called 'full or whole' scholarships. This essentially means that football, basketball and a handful of other sports will fall into...

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Safe4Athletes Survey Targets Abuse in Sports

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 4:28 PM

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. By completing our survey we can learn a little bit more about each sport at every level.

There is very little current data to...

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The Vieth Report: Did It Hit the Mark or Miss All Together?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 4:39 PM

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...

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Has Bullying Been Normalized in Sports?

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:39 PM

This week, Richie Incognito, a Miami Dolphins NFL player, was suspended indefinitely for bullying his teammate, Jonathon Martin.

We need to ask ourselves why the cries of Jonathon Martin took so long to hear. Where were his teammates, coaches, and the rest of people in the Dolphins organization? While...

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The Truth about Coach-Athlete Relationships

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Since the Sandusky case we have jumped on the bandwagon in sports and addressed 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...

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Are You Really Prepared for the Upcoming Sports Season?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2013 | 11:22 PM

Summer is almost over for most schools around the country with school sports and open amateur sports programs beginning across the United States. New sports season can often mean new coaches, supporting staff and new teammates.

As every parent prepares their young athlete for the new sports season, they...

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When Did the System Fail Kelley Davies Currin and the Rest of Us?

(8) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Today Rick Curl was sentenced for seven years for the sexual abuse of Kelley Currin that happen almost 30 years ago. Rick has been a free man and participating in life like the rest of us for the past 30 years without any consequence for his actions of...

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Is It Any Safer to Compete in Sports?

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 7:11 PM

This week the Cal Ripken Sr Foundation came together with NCMEC (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) to discuss Safe to Compete and address sexual abuse in sports.

What did we learn that would make sports a better place and a safe and positive environment for all athletes?

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Breaking Down Sexual Abuse in Sports

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Since the Sandusky case we have all been made aware that sexual abuse of a young child by a coach is possible. Yet, more attention to the subject and types of sexual abuse in sports needs to be committed to addressing this topic and to developing an infrastructure that supports...

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Times Have Changed -- So Should Athlete Safety

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 1:02 PM

Can you remember the days when you left your car parked at the curb as you walked into the airport to meet your loved one at the gate? We just walked right on in and could go anywhere we wanted with no questions asked -- no ID, no x-ray machines,...

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Athlete/Parent Shortcuts Lead to Athlete Suffering in the Long Run

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Training to be an elite athlete requires discipline and focus beyond what any of us can imagine if we haven't had such experience ourselves. Parents must bring that same discipline and focus to child/athlete protection and be committed to ensuring a safe and positive environment sports environment.

Taking short...

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The Term 'Improper Relationship' Will Not Change the Culture Needed for Coach/Athlete Sexual Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 5:52 PM

During the past week, the media went crazy to report that Rick Curl was banned for life from USA Swimming for an 'improper relationship" with Kelley Currin, a relationship that began when she was 12 years of age.

The media and the official statement released by

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$60 Million Later and We're Still Vulnerable

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 11:50 AM

The NCAA levied a $60 million sanction against Penn State University after reviewing the outcome of the Freeh report which identified the failures of the institution to protect the victims and putting the institution's needs above the law. Penn State was obligated to comply with child welfare laws...

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Keep Our Child Athletes Safe

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2012 | 2:05 PM

The Olympics are fast approaching. Who doesn't love watching these glorious athletes defy the laws of gravity, overcome adversity, and battle staunch competition to soar beyond our imaginations? Who isn't swept up watching Shawn Johnson win the gold medal on balance beam, or Usain Bolt dash across the finish line,...

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