Katherine Starr

Katherine is a two-time Olympian 1984 and 1988. She is dedicated to fostering safe, abuse-free, and positive environments that reinforce integrity in sport.

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In 1986, she won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. Katherine experienced success at the collegiate level in swimming for the University of Texas, participating on three NCAA championship teams and being named 14-time All-American.

Katherine founded Safe4Athletes in 2011 as a result of living for decades with pain and suffering from the tragic effects of coach-athlete sexual abuse. Safe4Athletes was brought to life to help other athletes who have experienced the same destructive abuse of power in the coach-athlete relationship. Safe4Athletes’ mission is to advocate for athletes that have been abused, bullied or harassed by their more powerful coach or teammate.

Katherine has acted as an advocate for athletes involved in coach-athlete sexual abuse, athlete-on-athlete sexual abuse, athlete cyber-bullying, athlete sexual hazing, as well as many forms of athletic abuse in general.

Since speaking out about abuse in sports, Katherine has developed a reputation for her expertise and eloquence on coach-athlete sexual abuse. This is evident by the rapid growth of traditional media and social media attention on the problem of coach-athlete sexual abuse since the inception of Safe4Athletes including features with ESPN (Outside the Lines), NBC Sports Radio, NPR, BBC Radio, NY Times, the Takeaway, CBS Sports Radio, Take Part Five (PIVOT Channel), Aljazeera America as well other nationally recognized media outlets in sports.

Katherine oversees Safe4Athletes and actively pressures Sports Governing Bodies to adopt stronger policies for all athletic clubs and programs. She champions legislation to implement stronger policies to give athletes rights at all levels of sport. Katherine has worked with many local governments, the United States Congress, and internationally. She has been instrumental in changing several state laws pertaining to sexual abuse and is available for consultation and public speaking opportunities to continue the trajectory towards change.

9
Years of Experience

21
Cases / Expert Witness

28
Speaking Engagements


Endless Numbers of Athletes
to Protect

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“All forms of abuse reside in the system because of the leadership overseeing the sports program.”

“All forms of abuse reside in the system because of the leadership overseeing the sports program.”

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