Complaint against Penn State over handling of abuse accusation

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  1. wwittman

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    "If one of your adult students kissed another adult student and they seemed uncomfortable" was the quote
    not a minor
    and the operative word is "seemed"
     
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    Over-reporting is rarely a problem, speaking as someone who used to handle harassment liaison for an organization. Getting witnesses to say anything is extraordinarily hard, followed by getting people who have been harassed to actually lodge a complaint (because they end up getting further abuse by people who want to deny that anything bad has happened), followed by getting an institution to follow up on harassment complaints.
     
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    Which is why retaliation against complainants and witnesses has to be punished strongly. It's hard to fault a young coach or official for not speaking up when there's a real risk they could be jeopardizing their career by doing so. It takes strong and visible action to change that perception. Fear of retaliation is why the problems in gymnastics were covered up so long and then blew up so spectacularly.

    Further, making reporting mandatory when someone has witnesses such an incident can also shift the balance away from a retaliation culture. The power of the NGB helps offset the power of the old coaches/officials network.
     
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    Well, regardless of the quote, and regardless of the operative word...what i wrote was one of the basic tenants of the safesport training videos and is still valid.
    I think the biggest misinterpretation of the safesport reporting process is that you're reporting to some sort of "judge" or "police". That's not who they are and that's not how they have seemed to operate in the few situations that I have heard about from first hand accounts of the process.
     
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