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Former Olympic athlete offers help for sexual abuse victims

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MERCER COUNTY, Pa. - A former Olympic athlete was in Mercer County to talk with students about how they can get help if they feel they are victims of abuse.

Katherine Starr was an Olympic swimmer in the 1984 and 1988 summer games.

After struggling with years of sexual abuse from her childhood swimming coach, it was only recently that she found a way to turn that awful experience into something that could help others.

"To be sexually abused by my own coach, who was also the head Olympic coach, I really didn't have any resources within the structure. People knew, but there was no where do you go, what do you do?" Starr said.

Now Katherine is talking with students around the nation about a program she helped to create called Safe4Athletes.

It's a website and a phone app where students can get help when they don't know where else to go or if they feel their cries for help will not be heard.

"They'll be able to anonymously make a report within the school and if it's a top official that their even concerned about they can make a report right into Safe4Athletes. We will take the appropriate measures to get the resources that are needed to help the individual," Starr said.

Students can ask for help if they are victims of sexual abuse, bullying or harassment.


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