Sexual assault, harassment spikes at military academies, strategies fail to stem crisis
"WASHINGTON – Incidents of sexual assault at U.S. military academies spiked nearly 50 percent in the past school year despite years of focus on the problem and declarations of zero tolerance, according to results of a survey by the Pentagon.
The number of students reporting unwanted sexual contact totaled 747 in the 2017-18 academic year, compared with 507 in 2015-16, according to anonymous surveys of cadets and midshipmen. Unwanted sexual contact ranges from groping to rape.
"We're disheartened and disappointed that the things and the strategies that we've employed just really aren't getting the results that we want," Nathan Galbreath, deputy director of the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, told USA TODAY on Thursday.
About 16 percent of women and 2 percent of men at the premier military colleges reported being sexually assaulted, Galbreath said. The increase in assaults stems from more men and women at the Army's academy at West Point reporting unwanted sexual contact from men and women, and more women reporting at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Reporting remained stable at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland."
USAToday, January 31, 2019
Male NYU student, arguing gender bias, loses bid to block hearing on drunken sexual encounter in study room
"A male NYU student who claimed the university was biased against him because of his gender lost a last-minute effort Monday to halt a hearing on a drunken sexual encounter with a female student two years ago.
The student, identified only as John Doe, argued in Manhattan Federal Court that he was being railroaded by the university over the late-night March 2017 encounter in a study room.
The female student, who also was not named in papers, filed a complaint with New York University about the incident nearly a year later, claiming she was incapable of giving consent because she was too drunk.
NY Daily News, January 28, 2019
6 arrested on sex charges at prestigious all-boys Catholic school
"TORONTO — Police arrested six students from a prestigious private all-boys Catholic school in Toronto on Monday and charged them with sexual assault related to a video that was posted on the internet.
Toronto Police Inspector Dominic Sinopoli said the teens, who are all 14 and 15, are from St. Michael's College and were charged with assault, gang sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon.
The high school is known for its sports programs and has produced many National Hockey League players over the years."
AP (Canada), November 20, 2018
Hundreds of sex misconduct incidents reported at Cornell, NYU
"One hundred sexual misconduct complaints were made at New York University in just the first five months of this year, according to a new state report.
The complaints put the Manhattan college second in the state behind Cornell University, which had 199 incidents reported from January through May 2018. Columbia University logged 43 complaints.
The state's "Enough is Enough" law requires all colleges and universities to report the number of sexual assault, stalking, domestic or dating violence complaints made to their Title IX offices.
A total of 1,762 complaints were made at 233 schools statewide in the five-month period. The incidents involved alleged misconduct against a student by another student, a college employee or an unknown assailant."
NY Post, October 20, 2018
New U.S. Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused and Protect Colleges
"WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, lessen liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims.
The proposed rules, obtained by The New York Times, narrow the definition of sexual harassment, holding schools accountable only for formal complaints filed through proper authorities and for conduct said to have occurred on their campuses. They would also establish a higher legal standard to determine whether schools improperly addressed complaints.
The new rules would come at a particularly sensitive time, as major institutions such as Ohio State University, the University of Southern California and Michigan State University deal with explosive charges that members of their faculty and staff have perpetrated serious sexual misconduct. But for several years, higher education administrators have maintained that sexual misconduct rules pressed by the Obama administration unnecessarily burdened them with bureaucratic mandates that had little to do with assault or harassment, and men's rights groups have said the accused have had little recourse."
NY Times, August 29, 2018
Columbia student claims she was sexually assaulted twice inside her dorm room
" The attacks, a rape and then a sexual assault followed by torture, occurred 10 weeks apart during the student's freshman year at the Ivy League school, according to a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The 20-year-old victim, who still attends Columbia, blasted the university's response to her Oct. 5, 2015, rape and subsequent Dec. 14, 2015, sexual assault as woefully inadequate."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 22, 2017
Central Florida fraternity suspended after member allegedly had sex with someone 'severely mentally, physically incapacitated'
" Lambda Theta Phi is barred from all campus activities following the spring party that got out of control, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The school is looking into allegations of sexual assault and hazing, and members of the fraternity will meet with university officials next week. Lambda Theta Phi national executive director Jarrod Cruz said the fraternity also is investigating, according to the Sentinel."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 28, 2017
University of Florida under investigation for handling of sexual assault complaint against Antonio Callaway
" The department's Office for Civil Rights is looking into alleged Title IX violations because of a complaint filed against Gators wide receiver Antonio Callaway's, the accusers lawyer Jon Clune told the Tampa Bay Times.
Her complaint was originally filed Aug. 10 — two days before the university's student-conduct hearing cleared Callaway regarding the sexual assault allegations against him."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 1, 2017
Teen sues University of South Florida fraternity for $5M over sex assault while she was unconscious
"Jane Doe No. 72 was pressured to drink a "slap bag" filled with alcohol, according to the lawsuit first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. She says Dillon LaGamma took her into a room and assaulted her. LaGamma would have sex with her "unconscious body," according to the lawsuit. Another fraternity member took her to a hospital."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 11, 2017
Three Missouri college basketball players charged in off-campus rape
"A Missouri college basketball player having consensual sex with a woman encouraged his teammate to take his place in the bedroom, unbeknownst to the woman — and let another friend watch the vile switch, officials said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 22, 2016
Brigham Young University to allow sexual assault victims amnesty from school's honor code
"Prosecutors and victims had said that women who reported rapes faced investigations into their conduct and bans on attending classes through the chastity, sobriety and dress rules. BYU opened a review of its sexual assault policies after victims publicly slammed the school last spring."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 26, 2016
'This is horrifying': serial rape suspect's arrest rattles University of Wisconsin
"The 20-year-old student, Alec Cook, has been arrested and appeared in court on Thursday, charged with 15 crimes against five women, including sexual assault, strangulation and false imprisonment. His modus operandi, according to police and prosecutors, was to befriend fellow students and eventually entrap and viciously attack them, while keeping notebooks detailing his alleged targets."
https://www.theguardian.com, October 30, 2016
East Village private school student's sex abuse claims ignored by officials because he's black, lawsuit alleges
"The officials' report said the older boy needed treatment and represented a "potential danger" to his victim and other students if he didn't receive help and constant supervision, but school execs "refused" the recommendations, the suit says.
They also "attempted to alter the narrative by suggesting that plaintiff's Son was the aggressor and/or consented to the behavior as though a seven (7) year old boy could give his consent," the suit says."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 28, 2016
Jameis Winston settles civil suit with rape accuser
" Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the woman who accused him of rape while both attended Florida State University have settled the civil lawsuit she brought against him.
Federal court records show that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and his accuser, Erica Kinsman, "reached a compromise with contingencies" Wednesday with joint motions for dismissal anticipated within 20 days."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, December 15, 2016
Former Utah State student's lawsuit accuses school of mishandling prior complaints against her rapist
"Both university officials and Sigma Chi failed to take quick action against Jason Relopez that could have prevented him from beating and raping Victoria Hewlett, she alleged in a lawsuit filed Monday. She also named three university officials as defendants."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 8, 2016
N.J. college failed to do any follow-up after suicidal student was raped, her family says
"Cherelle Locklear, 21, was found hanging by a necktie in a dorm bathroom last November — one month after reporting her sexual assault to William Paterson University officials.
Between the time that Locklear reported the rape and a roommate found her body, the university's campus police failed to interview witnesses or do any other follow-up, said lawyer Peter Till."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 15, 2016
Baylor football players committed 52 acts of rape, 5 gang rapes, suit claims
"The unidentified woman identified as Elizabeth Doe claims that she was attacked and raped by Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman in April of 2013.
Doe's suit claims that her attack was part of a long string of sexual violence committed by the university's football team, with 32 football players allegedly committing an "act of rape" between 2011 and 2014."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 28, 2017
Former Brown University student sues school over protecting her alleged sexual abuser
" The woman, only identified as Jane Doe in court papers, claims a Phi Kappa Psi brother drugged her during an October 2014 party. A second frat member then allegedly took her back to her dorm room and sexually assaulted her.
Doe claims the university dropped a disciplinary investigation about the male who allegedly drugged her because he's the son of a trustee. Brown has denied any such allegations."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 14, 2016.
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