June 10, 2015 |
James Vivenzio says he thought pledging a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University would mean brotherhood and honor. Instead, the 21-year-old from Great Falls, Va., says, he was force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit, and hot sauce; made to guzzle hard alcohol until he vomited; burned on the chest with a cigarette; and once was beaten by a member of Kappa Delta Rho after he failed to participate in a ritual. And the university, he contends in a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, failed to act after he reported the abuse more than a year ago, including his telling the school about the existence of private Facebook pages fraternity members allegedly used to post revealing photos of females who may have been aware they were being photographed.
May 30, 2015 |
Police in State College are continuing to investigate the Pennsylvania State University fraternity accused of posting nude and partly nude pictures on private Facebook pages, but have been unable to bring charges. Investigators have not been able to identify a woman in one of the photos who appears unconscious in a bedroom of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, Police Chief Tom King said Thursday. "Our main focus right now is keeping it active and trying to identify the one person in the photo," King said.
May 28, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University will shut down - for three years - the fraternity whose members allegedly posted pictures of nude and partly nude women on private Facebook pages, the school said Tuesday night. President Eric Barron said the university decided against a recommendation from the student-led Interfraternity Council, the body that governs Greek life on campus, for less severe sanctions against Kappa Delta Rho. The university, which has completed its investigation, found evidence of hazing, use and sale of drugs, underage drinking, sexual misconduct and harassment, and "exploitation in terms of photographs," Barron said.
May 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
May 4, 2015 |
Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned. The report summarized the findings of an internal investigation that said Jonathan Duecker had groped one woman and made improper sexual advances to another, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That document was sent to Kane the weekend before she promoted Duecker, a onetime supervisor of narcotics agents, to chief of staff, the sources said.
May 2, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances. Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post. In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account.
April 13, 2015
ISSUE | THE SEXES Teach respect for women early When people ask me for proof that we are living in a rape culture, I will show them Clark DeLeon's recent Currents column ("Naked truth about boy-girl dealings," April 5). DeLeon's piece enforces the victim-blaming mentality that still runs rampant, especially when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. How dare DeLeon insinuate that young women should hold to a higher moral standard and not expect men to do the same? "Boy will be boys" is a too-tired excuse for sexual harassment, assault, and mistreatment of women.
March 19, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia Fire Department employees have accepted undisclosed punishment in a sexual harassment scandal that has roiled the department, officials said Tuesday. The employees, whose names and ranks were not released, waived a departmental hearing on the allegations against them and chose to accept punishment, Frank Keel, a spokesman for the firefighters' union, said in a statement. They are among seven - two battalion chiefs, a captain, a lieutenant, a paramedic, and two firefighters - who faced discipline for their interactions with a paramedic who filed a sexual harassment complaint against the department last year.
March 13, 2015 |
DISCIPLINARY hearings are to begin Tuesday for seven Philadelphia Fire Department members implicated in a sex scandal. But the closed proceedings are likely to shed little light on any systemic problems underlying allegations that a troubled young paramedic was coerced into countless unwanted sexual encounters after she joined the department in 2011. That's because the city Inspector General's Office, which investigated the scandal and recommended discipline, focused on the men in question rather than on the department as a whole, said Joe Schulle, president of the union representing the city's firefighters and paramedics.