Complaint against Penn State over handling of abuse accusation

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  1. ReadyFence

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    It is official. Team notified.
     
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    So there is evidence that Korfanty's resignation is a direct result of this incident?
     
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    Doing just fine, Mr. D. Thanks for asking. Unlike Floyd Mayweather JR., some things are worth coming out of retirement for. ;)
     
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    He apparently had no plans to retire before yesterday, if that’s what you’re asking.
     
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    Perhaps he wanted to "spend more time with his family," right at the beginning of the Olympic qualifying period.
     
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    Good for Ed! He does not need to be dragged through the mud now and seems he had a conflict being close friend with the Pen State head coach.
    Poor woman was not even listened to and should have slapped the coach and yell into his frikin face to embarrass him as well. This needs to stop and they do need to be accountable. All of them. Ed is a nice guy, great coach, but people need to stand up, including him! Time for change, whether it is the beginning of the qualification season or middle or end. When people gonna learn? Ed has a daughter, wonder if he would just let it slide if this happened to her... beside training, these men need more cojones to make the right decision!!
     
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    I'm really surprised at the lack of outrage regarding Glon. Why has he not been fired yet? #glonbabygone
     
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    yes. Glon needs to go! I wonder why he didn't resign yet. It is not the first mess at Pen State.
     
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    I'm not entirely sure you understand the sequence of events here.
     
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    I am not sure I understand either.

    Was Ed Korfanty on the plane?

    Is Ed Korfanty an employee of Penn State?

    Is Ed Korfanty in a leadership position of the accusers club?

    What does Ed have to do with this sad sequence of events at all other than he shares a nationality (an interest in fencing) with some old men who have behaved boorishly?
     
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    Seems that the victim reached out to Ed for assistance, based on his position with the USFA and the victim feeling comfortable talking to him as they know each other through fencing. The trip happened on the way home from a USFA sponsored fencing event and involved those participating in fencing and members of the USFA. Everyone went through safe-sport training and everyone involved had the obligation to report. (I saw the hours of training videos with plenty of examples and obligations as I wanted to make sure my child is protected and understands everything). So the victim tried different avenues to report, she reported it to Pen State and to a USFA representative she felt comfortable with and who is in a leadership position. No one did anything. So we are saying Ed should have remained silent? This is exactly the reason stuff like this happen... no one ever does anything... do you know how difficult it is to come forward? Do you know that she trusted someone about a very disturbing incident and that person did nothing that results in a major chilling effect... it can happen to any child that will be super afraid to report anything to anyone.... this was a grown up reporting to a leader... look at the essence and the real issue here.... so yes, Ed is responsible to report. Looking for loopholes and technicalities? Well, they can use the consent he signed when he watched the safesport training...
     
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    Ed’s statement to the reporter is what people are pissed about. “Maybe she provoke him, so much we don’t know.”
     
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    It's not Ed's job to ascertain whether the report is justified or not. It is his job to communicate the report to the appropriate people at USFA so both parties can get a fair hearing.
     
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    EXACTLY!
     
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    But it sounds like she approached him as a mentor or friend, and not in any official capacity, after the appropriate reports had already been made. I don't see how he is a mandated reporter in this case?
     
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    According to the Safe Sport Act , if you see or hear a report of any form of abuse, whether it is sexual, physical, mental or any other type of abuse you are required to report that abuse within a 24-hour period.
     
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    So why Ed would talk to a reporter and quoted as being upset that the victim contacted him about this and making statements that perhaps she instigated the behavior? It is required to be reported as Allen said. Both Ed and Glon failed to report to the USFA and Glon failed to report it to Pen State. They tried to smooth it over and intimidate her that no one will believe her, they don't believe it,and perhaps it is her fault. Possibly they just wanted to protect Gia?
    It was not their job to judge. This is why crime goes on. This is why Safe-sport is implemented and this is why our fencers also required to be educated on this. People need to change their behavior and it needs to be enforced. People must report.
     
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    First, it is alleged that when he learned of the incident, Korfanty gave a heads up call to Glon at Penn State to let Wes know that bad things might be coming his way. There is no published account so far that indicates either Korfanty or Glon made the mandatory 24 hour report to SafeSport after the first time they heard of the incident.

    Furthermore, according to the news reporting, Korfanty and Glon allegedly ganged up on her at the NAC in April 2018, trying to "intimidate and bully me," Oldham said. Even worse, Korfanty told the news media that he believed a simple apology should have sufficed, rather than Oldham following through with her formal SafeSport report.

    Does that sound like someone who will always be safeguarding the best interests of women fencers, or someone who will first look to provide cover for his coaching buddies? Remember, Ed works with minor girls every day at his club, and often travels with them as well.
     
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