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USA Fencing Teams Up With RealResponse to Launch 320-ENGARDE Texting Hotline for Anonymous Reporting
National Governing Body for Fencing Joins Forces With Feedback, Reporting Platform
By texting 320-ENGARDE (320-364-2733)
Put simply, this texting hotline will encourage fencers to remain "en garde" both on and off the strip as the fencing community rallies together to recognize and report abuse or other issues of concern.
When a text message is sent to 320-ENGARDE, the contents are confidentially and securely stored in the RealResponse platform. Anonymity is preserved because none of the reporter's contact information, including their phone number, can be viewed by USA Fencing.
After a message is received, a designated USA Fencing representative can respond via text message to gather additional information — all while allowing the submitter to remain anonymous (if they chose) throughout the process.
The underlying goal behind 320-ENGARDE, says USA Fencing CEO Phil Andrews, is to streamline the reporting process by offering an additional tool to members.
"At USA Fencing, we believe that reporting a concern should be as simple as picking up your smartphone,"
David Chadwick, founder and CEO of RealResponse, says his team is "proud to add USA Fencing to the growing number of national governing bodies that RealResponse partners with."
"The proactive work that Phil and his team have undertaken to ensure the health and well-being of all in the organization is commendable,"
While 320-ENGARDE is a powerful tool, it doesn't replace other reporting options offered through FenceSafe (https://www.usafencing.org/
About USA Fencing
USA Fencing is the national governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of fencing in the United States. http://www.usafencing.org
Originally founded in 2015 and then expanded in 2020, RealResponse is a partner with more than 100 colleges and universities, NFL teams and governing bodies. http://www.realresponse.com
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