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Campus Sexual Assault

Aug 6, 2019

An independent investigation found that Ohio State University’s now disbanded Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit failed to report nearly 60 felonies to law enforcement. 

OSU was required by law to report these felonies in accordance with Title IX.

However, Title IX is in the midst of changes under U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, changes that could reduce universities’ responses to off-campus sexual assault.

Today on All Sides, campus sexual assault and title IX development. 

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An independent audit shows that The Ohio State University's now-closed sexual assault support center failed to report almost 60 potential felonies to law enforcement, a violation of state law.

Six years ago, a newly minted graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago was working three part-time jobs and adjusting to life not as a student. She stopped in for a drink one night at a restaurant in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, where she got into a conversation with a guy. The next thing she remembers clearly was awakening at home the next morning, aching, covered in bruises, with a swollen lip.

Christine Horvath and Griffin Browning organized a "Seen And Heard" comic showcase as an alternative to Louis C.K.'s shows in Columbus.
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When Christine Horvath heard Louis C.K. was coming to Columbus, she knew she wanted to do something.

The advice columnist who says President Trump sexually assaulted her in a department store dressing room in the mid-1990s says she is "very glad" she published her accusation, even as the president denied her story on Saturday and claimed he had "no idea who she is."

E. Jean Carroll spoke to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro on Weekend Edition. She reiterated that Trump assaulted her in the '90s.

"It hurt. And it was against my will," she said.

Trump on Saturday doubled down on his denial and claimed that women have been paid to accuse him of wrongdoing.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, right, speaks alongside Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, during a news conference to discuss cases linked to Samuel Little, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Columbus.
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Franklin County's prosecutor is objecting to the possible release of a notorious serial rapist.

The Steubenville Rape Case And Toxic Masculinity

Jun 17, 2019
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In 2012, two high school football players raped an unconscious underage girl. By the next morning, hundreds of texts and social-media posts crisscrossed the eastern Ohio community of Steubenville. 

Many of the posts included photographs of the girl, which crossed the line into child pornography.

The case attracted worldwide attention and prompted conversations across the country about the misogynistic atmosphere of Steubenville. 

Today on All Sides, we revisit the story and the lessons with documentary filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman. Her new film “Roll Red Roll” premieres tonight on PBS. 

You can stream the film starting tonight on PBS POV. The film will premiere on WOSU-TV Sunday, June 23 at 11 pm EST. 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined by former Ohio attorneys general Nancy Rogers (left) and Betty Montgomery (right) to call for lifting the statute of limitations on rape.
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is calling on state lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on rape. Five former Ohio attorneys general, both Democrats and Republicans, are joining Yost in advocating for this change.

Updated at 10:35 a.m.

Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio board members have reached a tentative deal with women who accused the movie mogul of sexual misconduct.

On Thursday, Adam Harris, a lawyer for Weinstein Co. co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge that "an economic agreement in principal" had been reached.

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Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex.

How Is Ohio Changing Its Response To Sexual Violence?

Apr 1, 2019
Forensic analyst India Henry works on evidence in a sexual assault case in the biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Houston.
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For one Ohio trafficking victim, the opening of the accredited rape crisis center at the YWCA Dayton last year proved crucial to quelling her inner demons, which lingered long after the physical pain subsided. For years, her abuser raped and beat her daily.

In each of the past four years, 1,000 or more immigrant children who arrived at the southern U.S. border without their parents have reported being sexually abused while in government custody, according to federal records released Tuesday.

The Department of Education has been inundated with approximately 100,000 public comments on its proposed new rules for how campuses handle cases of sexual assault. Secretary Betsy DeVos opened the public comment period two months ago, after unveiling her plan to replace Obama-era rules with regulations that, she says, would better protect the accused. The window for comments closes Wednesday at midnight.

Aerial view of The Oval on Ohio State University's campus
Ohio State University

Attorneys for Ohio State and the men accusing a former team doctor of sexual assault met in court for the first time Thursday.

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which is affecting more than 800,000 federal workers and numerous government agencies, also has consequences for the Violence Against Women Act, which expired at midnight on Friday.

Separately, both the House and the Senate passed spending deals that included clauses that would have extended VAWA until Feb. 8.

But because the law's future became inextricably tied to the larger budget debate, which hinges on a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over funding for a border wall, it was not reauthorized.

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