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UCONN Settles With Students Whose Sexual Assault Complaints It Mishandled

JMU Fails Student
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Three frat boys were only punished with campus ban after graduation. Read More »
HAWS Expose
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A NY Times piece reveals how Hobart WS failed a student rape victim. Read More »
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In October 2013, a group of current and former students accused the University of Connecticut of violating Title IX by mishandling their sexual assault cases which occurred at the school between 2010 and 2013. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights launched an investigation into the school and whether it failed to follow the gender equality law that provides equal opportunity and access to education.

UCONN still refuses to broadly take responsibility for its failures. But today it was announced that the school is settling with five of the students it is accused of failing. Keep reading »

Arizona Will Drop Child Abuse Charges Against Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

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  • Arizona said it would drop child abuse charges against an unemployed, sometimes homeless mother who was arrested for leaving her kids inside a car while she went to a job interview if she agreed to certain conditions. Shanesha Taylor, 35, agreed to take parenting and substance abuse classes, as well as establish education and childcare trusts which contain no less than $10,000. That last provision sounds extremely unreasonable to a low-income mother, in my opinion, but likely reflect the tens of thousands of dollars in donations that Taylor received after her arrest became public. Hopefully Taylor’s children, who were taken by Child Protective Services, can be reunited with their mom ASAP. [The Root] Keep reading »

Israelis Told They Have To Remove “Men Only” Signs Off Bomb Shelter

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A rabbinical court in Israel was recently ordered to remove  ”men only” signs from its bomb shelter. The gender segregation in the bomb shelters  would be keeping with the Orthodox Jewish practice of separating the sexes. As The Week notes, the court had a separate space for “women only,” but it was amidst the regular courtrooms in a room only accessible by a code and “did not appear to provide extra security or protection.” So, like, not really a bomb shelter? Keep reading »

Here’s A Fundraiser For That Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting Her Daughter Play Outside

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  • A fundraiser on YouCaring.com is collecting donations for Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mom who was arrested for “child abandonment” because her nine-year-old daughter was playing alone at a park while Harrell was at her job. As of right now, the fund has blasted past the $10K goal and is only growing higher. [YouCaring]
  • Meet the Detroit assistant prosecutor who has pushed for over 3,000 abandoned rape kits to be tested. The vital DNA evidence collected in rape kits can, and has, caught dozens of serial rapists. [TIME]
  • Mia Henderson, a Black trans woman, was found beaten to death in Baltimore. The 26-year-old was the sister of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock. [Queerty]
  • Rep. Todd Akin says “a number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape,” which is interesting, considering he was the one who said rape makes the body “shut down” so you don’t get pregnant. [Slate] Keep reading »

Four Men Arrested In NJ For Filming Sexual Assault On Drunk Teen Girl

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  • One teenager and three adult men in New Jersey have been arrested for sexually assaulting a drunk 15-year-old girl, filming the assault, and showing the video to other people. The teen was told that she had been assaulted at a backyard gathering, which she does not remember at all, and police found video shot on an iPhone that confirmed the assault. Various charges against the men who assaulted this girl include manufacturing child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual assault. [Clutch Magazine via NJ.com]
  • Republicans in the Senate just blocked an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that employers with religious objections could deny birth control coverage to their female employees. [Think Progress]
  • Find out more about “Las Libres,” a documentary about women in Mexico who have been charged with homicide for having abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Oh Hey, Texas: New Planned Parenthood Clinic To Open In Dallas

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  • Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas, that meets the state’s new laws requiring clinics to have the same standards of a “ambulatory surgical center.” It’s not exactly a secret that the TX legislature passed those requirements in order to shut down women’s health clinics and restrict abortion access. I wonder how these so-called “pro-lifers” feel now. [Dallas News]
  • A young man in rural India was accused of attempting to rape a married woman, so the woman’s husband was advised by the local village council to sexually assault the accused rapist’s 14-year-old sister in retaliation. By the local cultural norms, ruining her “purity” would get revenge on her older brother. The village leader and the rape victim’s brother are both now in jail. [CNN] Keep reading »

Italian Mayor Wants To Ban Same-Sex Kissing In Public

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  • The mayor of Borgosesia, Italy, wants to ban gay couples from kissing in public because — pearl clutch — think of the children! He is proposing a ban that would fine couples 500 Euros for kissing in public. “I don’t like two people of the same sex making public displays of affection,” he told an Italian newspaper. “It’s a question of respect. And I’m convinced that it’s also morally harmful for children.” [Huffington Post]
  • Last week, while looking for his ex-wife, Ronald Lee Haskell killed his former sister-in-law, her husband, and four of their children. The sole survivor of this rampage was a 15-year-old girl who played dead until she could call the police. Haskell had a record for domestic violence. How is it possible he was able to own guns? [Mother Jones]
  • I’m not sure I can even bear to watch the ladies of “The View” interview Jada, the 16-year-old girl whose rape went viral on social media. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

New York Times Cover Story Reveals How Hobart & William Smith Massively Failed Student Rape Victim

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It has the elements of so many sexual assault allegations before it: fraternity members, a lot of alcohol, football players, freshman girls. And like too many other stories about sexual assault, this one also includes a university that failed a sexual assault victim and allowed campus rapists to get off scot-free.

This weekend, The New York Times published a gut-punch of a piece (on their front page, in fact) about a young woman called Anna who is a student at Hobart & William Smith, a college in upstate New York. During her first few weeks of college, Anna was sexually assaulted while drunk by several football players on the night of a frat party. After Anna sent texts that she was afraid, a friend found her drunkenly bent over a pool table, face down, surrounded by six or seven football players, including one right behind her who had his pants down. Keep reading »

Woman Has Baby, Gets Arrested By Tennessee Police For Using Meth While Pregnant

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  • Tennessee has arrested its first new mother under a new law that charges women for assault for using narcotics while pregnant. A 26-year-old mom was arrested after she tested positive for meth, which she admitted to using before her baby’s birth. Call me crazy, but maybe quality drug rehabilitation treatment might work better than throwing addicts in jail?!  A law like this automatically targets anyone who isn’t financially privileged enough to afford rehab in the first place. (Also, sneaky way to give rights to fetuses, everyone!)  [Think Progress]
  • On Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, abortion, and the politics of respectability. [Bitch Magazine]
  • I don’t even want to click a story with “revenge rape” in the headline. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Girls’ Breasts Not Being Big Enough To Be Groped Isn’t The Damn Point

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I haven’t been following the Australian swimming community’s sexual abuse scandal. I only feel like I have been. That’s because these sorts of heartbreaking stories are so goddamned familiar: a coach is accused of sexually abusing the young charges under his tutelage and with whom he has shared lots of private time, often far from home.

In Australia’s case, several coaches were accused of sexual abuse of both male and female swimmers between the ages of 11 and 16. One coach is Scott Volkers, who is accused of child sexual abuse by three now-adult women. Volkers is accused, among other things, of rubbing the genitalia of a 13-year-old girl and groping the girls’ breasts; he has long claimed his innocence. Charges were dropped against Volkers in 2002 because accusations could not be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Two years later,  in 2004, prosecutor Margaret Cunneen advised against recharging him.

Currently, Australia is holding an investigation (called a “royal commission”) focusing on the country’s institutional response, including whether Cunneen’s advice not to recharge him was appropriate. At the time, Cunneen showed skepticism that the abuse could be prosecuted. Which, as a lawyer, is her job to prove. However, what Cunneen said about it all was pretty offensive to these victims. Cunneen said it could all be seen as “trivial … almost fanciful” and it would be difficult to prosecute Volkers for molestation because his victim may not have developed breasts yet. “It is legitimate to consider whether 12-year-old swimmers even had breasts,” she said. Keep reading »

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