USA Fencing finds itself embroiled in controversy as allegations of sexual abuse surface against one of its coaches. This has resulted in a lawsuit being filed by the sexual abuse law firm of Cerri, Boskovich & Allard against USA Fencing, highlighting the critical need for robust safeguarding measures and prompt action in handling abuse allegations within sports organizations.
The issue of abuse within USA Fencing, the National Governing Body for Fencing in the United States, has been a persistent concern. Similar to many sports organizations, instances of abuse have emerged over time, prompting investigations and calls for reform.
The #MeToo movement played a pivotal role in shedding light on various forms of misconduct and abuse across different industries, including sports. In response to allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse within fencing, USA Fencing established a Safe Sport Task Force in 2019.