January 11, 2016 |
Mallissa Weaver knew she faced long odds when in 2008 she sought to convince the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that unrelenting sexual harassment by her former boss was so egregious that the justices should overturn a state law that barred her from suing for discrimination. Much as she expected, she lost. She left her job at a small financial planning office in rural Snyder County and resolved to put the experience behind her. But as the statewide Porngate scandal continues to widen, Weaver is finding it more difficult to remain at peace with the outcome of her case.
January 6, 2016
GERMANY Assaults inflame the refugee issue A series of New Year's Eve attacks attributed to Arab and North African men threaten to fan the flames of Germany's refugee debate. The wave of violence overnight on Thursday resulted in dozens of reports of sexual assault and robberies around Cologne's train station, where a crowd of roughly 1,000 men had congregated, police said, according to Spiegel online. More than 90 criminal complaints were filed, and about a quarter of them cited sexual harassment or groping, with most others citing theft, Cologne Police Chief Wolfgang Albers said at a news conference Monday night.
October 8, 2015 |
Judd on the offense In a talk with Variety , Ashley Judd said she was once sexually harassed by a famous (but unnamed) Hollywood studio executive. Judd said the harassment occurred in 1997, when she was shooting "Kiss the Girls. " She said the exec "physically lured" her to his hotel room and made various requests, which she declined. When she was asked to watch him shower, she was able to get the heck outta there. Judd said she later found out that the exec had done the same thing to other actresses.
September 15, 2015 |
When several sexual assaults were reported at West Chester University during the last school year, students started paying attention. But no one knew quite how to react. It was as though students shrugged and said, " 'We're just going to let it go, we're just going to let it happen, and next weekend we're going to let it happen again,' " said junior Ma'Shiya Queen. The incidents occurred as national scrutiny of sexual assaults on college campuses was intensifying. Students elswhere were taking action, and even the White House was getting involved.
June 10, 2015 |
James Vivenzio says he thought pledging a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University would mean brotherhood and honor. Instead, the 21-year-old from Great Falls, Va., says, he was force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit, and hot sauce; made to guzzle hard alcohol until he vomited; burned on the chest with a cigarette; and once was beaten by a member of Kappa Delta Rho after he failed to participate in a ritual. And the university, he contends in a lawsuit filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, failed to act after he reported the abuse more than a year ago, including his telling the school about the existence of private Facebook pages fraternity members allegedly used to post revealing photos of females who may have been aware they were being photographed.
May 30, 2015 |
Police in State College are continuing to investigate the Pennsylvania State University fraternity accused of posting nude and partly nude pictures on private Facebook pages, but have been unable to bring charges. Investigators have not been able to identify a woman in one of the photos who appears unconscious in a bedroom of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house, Police Chief Tom King said Thursday. "Our main focus right now is keeping it active and trying to identify the one person in the photo," King said.
May 28, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University will shut down - for three years - the fraternity whose members allegedly posted pictures of nude and partly nude women on private Facebook pages, the school said Tuesday night. President Eric Barron said the university decided against a recommendation from the student-led Interfraternity Council, the body that governs Greek life on campus, for less severe sanctions against Kappa Delta Rho. The university, which has completed its investigation, found evidence of hazing, use and sale of drugs, underage drinking, sexual misconduct and harassment, and "exploitation in terms of photographs," Barron said.
May 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's own personnel office has recommended she fire her newly appointed chief of staff after two female employees alleged he made unwanted sexual advances toward them, according to people with knowledge of the advice. The Human Resources section sent the advisory memo to Kane shortly after she named Jonathan Duecker to the top post last month, recommending his termination for violating both the office's internal policy on sexual harassment as well as state rules governing such behavior, the sources said.
May 4, 2015 |
Attorney General Kathleen Kane promoted a top aide to serve as her chief of staff despite a report from her internal affairs unit informing her he had made unwanted sexual advances to two female colleagues, The Inquirer has learned. The report summarized the findings of an internal investigation that said Jonathan Duecker had groped one woman and made improper sexual advances to another, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That document was sent to Kane the weekend before she promoted Duecker, a onetime supervisor of narcotics agents, to chief of staff, the sources said.