Posts tagged "rape culture"
Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President's Desk

Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President’s Desk

The Senate on Thursday voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, aimed at cutting the backlog of untested rape kits. The bill, already passed in the House, now heads to President Obama to become law.
Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation

Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation

The United States Department of Education has completed its investigation into The Ohio State University's compliance with anti-sex discrimination law Title IX, and OSU has agreed to take steps to strengthen its policies on sexual assault and harassment.
New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans.
Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim's Advocates at California Universities

Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates at California Universities

Senator Barbara Boxer urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday.
Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement

Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement

Twenty years ago, a doctor at a hospital in Peru raped a 22-year-old woman who was getting medical care. Now, after human-rights groups fought for the case, the Peruvian government has finally settled the case.
Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act, cosponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill, Dean Heller, Richard Blumenthal, Chuck Grassley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Warner, and Marco Rubio, focuses on steps colleges can take to proactively protect students.
University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

The University of Connecticut will have to pay almost $1.3 million in settlement fees on a sexual assault lawsuit - but school officials refuse to admit guilt.
'Revenge Rape' in India Leads to Three Arrests

‘Revenge Rape’ in India Leads to Three Arrests

A man in eastern India was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl this week in "retaliation" for the girl's brother having allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.
Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country.
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Convenes This Week

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Convenes This Week

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and actress and United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie are co-chairing the event, the largest ever of its kind.
Veterans Groups File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

Veterans Groups File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

The lawsuit alleges that the VA makes military sexual assault survivors who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) go through more procedural hurdles than other veterans to receive disability benefits.
Students and Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform at Dartmouth

Students and Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform at Dartmouth

Thousands of people are calling on Dartmouth College to improve its sexual assault policies after a student whose name appeared in a "rape guide" on a student-run website was sexually assaulted.
Senate Passes Limited Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill

Senate Passes Limited Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill

Only a few days after the Senate blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), it unanimously approved a bill that proposes several different reforms to combat sexual assault in the military.
Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act

Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act

"I always hoped we could do the right thing here – and deliver a military justice system that is free from bias and conflict of interest – a military justice system that is worthy of the brave men and women who fight for us."
Students File Two Federal Complaints Against UC Berkeley for Mishandling Campus Sexual Assault Cases

Students File Two Federal Complaints Against UC Berkeley for Mishandling Campus Sexual Assault Cases

31 current and former University of California at Berkeley filed two federal complaints against the college Wednesday, alleging that the university had failed to properly handle sexual assault cases within good time, investigate serial rapists, and take rape and harassment on campus seriously.
Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict

Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict

Compensation could come in the form of financial assistance, a safe place to stay, and physical and psychological health care.
Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week

Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week

"The men and women of our military deserve better," Gillibrand told The Washington Post.
UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

"National ownership, leadership and responsibility are absolutely essential if we are to protect women and girls, but also men and boys, from these barbaric crimes."
Maryland Considers College Sexual Assault Reporting Bill

Maryland Considers College Sexual Assault Reporting Bill

A Maryland House of Delegates committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would require all state universities and colleges to administer an anonymous sexual violence survey every three years — to more accurately determine how many assaults are occurring on campuses — and then report those findings to the Maryland Higher Education Commission....
Penn State Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus

Penn State Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus

"Our initial review of Penn State's sexual harassment policy, compounded by a dramatic increase in the number of forcible sex offenses occurring on camp[us as reported by the university itself, raised legal concerns that compelled us to investigate."