The number of federal investigations into how colleges handle sexual violence reports has jumped 50 percent in the past six months, reflecting a surge of recent discrimination claims and the difficulty of resolving high-profile cases that often drag on for years.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

NOTE: This commentary piece contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.


Gamergate is ostensibly about journalistic ethics. Supporters say they want to address conflicts of interest between the people that make games and the people that support them. In reality, Gamergate is a group of gamers that are willing to destroy the women who have invaded their clubhouse.

The Nigerian government says militant group Boko Haram has agreed to a cease-fire and the release of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants in April from the town of Chibok.

To read full article, visit this Voice of America link.

(WASHINGTON) — A new government rule seeks to create more awareness of the extent of sexual assault on campuses.

Colleges and universities are required to compile and make crime statistics available on stalking, dating violence and domestic violence under a new rule announced by the Education Department.

To read full article, visit this Time link.

In this season of college homecomings coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Vice President Joe Biden and Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay have teamed up to tell victims of campus sexual assault that the powerful duo has got their backs.

To read full article, visit this People Magazine link.

For 17 years, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has been collecting data on domestic violence in LGBT communities. They started in 1997 with a report that was the first-ever look at intimate partner violence among LGBT couples. It was an important intervention in the domestic violence movement largely defined by the ways that cisgender men physically or emotionally abused their wives.

Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been charged in connection with criminal sexual contact involving younger players. The state may charge them as adults.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

NOTE: This commentary piece contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

Here in the metro New York City area the Sayreville (N.J.) High School football squad has dominated the news in recent days. Seven players have been arrested for alleged rape - holding down four younger teammates and sexually assaulting them over a 10-day period in September. The community has been torn apart, players have lost their college scholarships and lives will forever be changed.

In promoting the publication of his most recent thriller, the author John Grisham has courted controversy by offering a critique of the American criminal justice system’s response to those who view images of child sexual abuse online, in particular the tendency, as he sees it, for viewers to face excessive prison sentences.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Guardian link.

Millionaire author John Grisham has claimed many of the men who access child sex abuse images should not receive such harsh sentences.

To read full article, visit this Independent link.

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