Complaint against Penn State over handling of abuse accusation

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  1. Zebra

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    [Philadelphia Inquirer]
    Penn State fencing coach failed to report assistant who groped, harassed woman on plane, complaint alleges
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    On its own, the accusation was stunning: In 2018, a veteran head coach of a Division 1 sports team was told that one of his assistants had grabbed and sexually harassed a woman — and the coach didn’t report it to the university as required.
    Even more stunning may be the school involved: Pennsylvania State University.
    The allegation had nothing to do with Penn State’s storied football program, nor mirrored the serial child-sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky that upended college sports and led to more than $100 million in civil payouts, new reporting requirements and criminal sentences for administrators who failed to act on Sandusky’s suspected misconduct.
    In the 2018 case, the sport was fencing. And ultimately Penn State fired the alleged harasser [George Abashidze].
    But to the accuser, a North Carolina fencing coach named Jennifer Oldham, the university’s response didn’t go far enough. Even after separate investigations by Penn State and an independent nonprofit that monitors abuse in Olympic sports, the longtime head fencing coach who suppressed her harassment complaint, Wes Glon, appears unscathed. In fact, he was recognized at a Penn State board of trustees meeting this month when one of his athletes was honored.
    Full story at https://www.philly.com/news/penn-st...dze-oldham-sex-assault-korfanty-20190516.html
     
  2. bbower

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    So Korfanty is a big scumbag?

    He can't remain a national coach after his statements.
     
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  4. Mac A. Bee

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    The accusations, if true, are unacceptable. One wonders why Coach Oldham didn't switch seats - if not with vendor Vedam, then anywhere else in the plane. Yes - it's her right to remain and ask the offender to be moved, but such moves would prevent further improprieties.
     
  5. Allen Evans

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    Dude, you are clueless here.
     
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    Think about why your post is stupid then come back and apologize for it.
     
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  7. Mac A. Bee

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    *Very* clued, i.e. woke.
     
  8. mfp

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    Please ask whoever's in your vicinity to kindly slap you a couple of times.
     
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    The entire situation was inappropriate. It doesn't matter that she stayed or if she would have left. The situation should never have happened. His response was inappropriate. The head coach's response was inappropriate. Her mentor's response was inappropriate. Your response is inappropriate. No one, not one, should ever be placed in that situation. And "removing yourself" from the situation after it started does not erase that the situation happened. Stop enabling this behavior by putting blame on the victim. Stop enabling this behavior by explaining what someone should or shouldn't have done in a stressful situation you weren't involved in. Stop enabling this behavior by apologizing on behalf of the people who perpetrate them because "they didn't mean it" or "they're really sorry and it will never happen again". Just hold them accountable. All of them. And don't be like them.
     
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    @Mac A. Bee:
    I agree completely with the other posters about victim blaming. But instead of wondering why Coach Oldham didn't switch seats, let's try to imagine what Coach Oldham might have been going through. It's the end of a four day NAC working as a coach - running from strip to strip all day long, from 8 am to whenever her last fencer was done. Portland isn't the easiest place to get to from Durham; the flight options are usually first thing in the morning or red-eyes. Staying over until the next morning means another night in a hotel and another day away from her club. So a red-eye makes the most sense. The flight is probably full or near-full; that's how the airlines run things. And if there were empty seats, on an overnight flight, after 4 days of work - she would have gotten an aisle or a window. Instead, she found herself wedged in between two large men, neither of whom was her traveling companion. And as luck - or the lack thereof - would have it, that middle seat was between two men that she knew. Perhaps she would have preferred to try to sleep for a few hours, but found it difficult to do in a middle seat. One of her acquaintances fell asleep. The other wanted to socialize. Professionally, she had some interest in talking to him - a well-known foil coach at one of the best collegiate fencing programs. His interests ran in a different direction. There are very few full-time female coaches in the fencing community - and even fewer female coaches who are club owners. Like all women who work in male-dominated fields, Coach Oldham had encountered sexist remarks from colleagues and peers; and in the past, perhaps she had successively deflected these conversations and forged onwards. So she thought she could contain the situation. If she thought about moving to a different seat, she may have thought that on a full flight, with most of the other passengers trying to grab a few precious hours of sleep on the four hour flight from PDX to ORD, it would be overreacting and inconsiderate. Perhaps she didn't want to antagonize a well-connected coach. His boss, the head coach of Penn State is not only a well-known coach; he is also a high level referee in all three weapons. Is it politic for a young coach of a smaller club to create ill-will in the small, incestuous world of coaches and referees? While we would like to think that refereeing is celestially impartial, we all know that particularly in the ROW weapons, calls are not always black and white. So how will it impact her fencers on the strip if she is seen as difficult? How will it impact her fencers if they want to be recruited - especially by Penn State? So the politic thing to do for both her own career and for her fencers is to try to parry verbally. Unfortunately that strategy fails her, and her aggressor switches from verbal aggression to physical aggression. Her first response is to nudge her other acquaintance awake. Perhaps she thought that this would be enough to get him to stop - a large man, someone he knows, might be the way to defuse this very difficult situation. And now, with only 30-40 minutes before landing, he is still at it. Call the flight attendant? But the seat belt sign is on - the flight attendants are bustling through the cabin picking up empty cups and making sure that seats and tray tables are in the upright and locked position. And now the flight has landed - and when Coach Oldham should be getting herself organized for her connecting flight, getting herself ready for another week of work at her club - she now has to try to process what has just happened and how she should handle it.

    Let's be clear: I have met Jen Oldham and like her, have enjoyed fencing at her club, but have never had any kind of in-depth conversation with her. So I don't know what she was thinking. But in general, when I find myself wondering why someone did or did not do something, I find it helpful to imagine what s/he might have been thinking and feeling. I may not agree with someone's actions or decisions, but often I understand them better. And Mac - if you think this is a difficult exercise, try it. Like footwork, it gets easier to do with practice.
     
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    The only thing I wonder is why she didn't smash his nose across his face.
     
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    Flight attendants frown on that type of thing.
     
  13. Peach

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    As do the police.
     
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    He resigned.
     
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    "Let the Joyous News Be Spread!"
     
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    Oh, the police frown on defending yourself against assault, do they?

    Despite 15 years working with and for the police, this is the first time I've heard that they frown on self-defense...
     
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    Are you saying Korfanty resigned as the national coach? Or were you referring to something else?
     
  19. ReadyFence

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    Korfanty resigned this afternoon.
     
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    That is official? Not fake news?
     

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