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August 13, 1992 | By Katherine Richards, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District has begun discussing a policy to officially prohibit sexual harassment of students. The policy is needed because of a recent court decision that students could sue a school district over sexual harassment, Superintendent George H. Slick explained after the school board's regular meeting on Monday. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in February that students can recover damages from schools and school officials for sexual harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools receiving federal money.
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October 3, 1996 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
Two weeks ago, 6-year-old Jonathan Prevette responded to a classmate's request for a kiss by pecking her cheek - a gesture that made him an instant celebrity. Fame came knocking, thanks to the unfathomable thickheadedness of adults who run public schools in Lexington, N.C. They deemed the first-grader's kiss to be "unwelcome touching" in violation of the district's sexual harassment policy. Jonathan was suspended for a day and missed an ice cream party with his class. Then the fun began: TV interviews.
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October 22, 1992 | By Mac Daniel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Royersford woman has filed suit against her former employer, seeking in excess of $20,000 in damages for what she alleges were various forms of sexual harassment over a half-year period. Hope Lindauer and her husband, C. Michael Lindauer, filed suit Oct. 14 against Berwyn-based Dickson Gabbay Young Inc. and partner James Young, and James A. Donegan and his Wayne security firm, Donegan Security Associates. Lindauer worked at Dickson Gabbay Young Inc. as an administrative assistant.
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January 21, 1993 | By Paul J. Lim, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Hatboro-Horsham school board has unanimously approved a district-wide sexual-harassment policy for its employees and job applicants. By so doing, the district, which adopted the policy at its regular board meeting Monday night, joins a growing list of area school boards that have implemented or considered such policies in the last year. "We wanted to communicate clearly to all employees that we wouldn't tolerate such behavior," said Superintendent Gerald Strock. "A formal policy ensures that every employee understands this.
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March 15, 1992 | By Lisa Schwartz, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Johnna Crawford came to Voorhees Township recently to warn South Jersey businesses about sexual harassment. "Businesses can stop many sexual-harassment lawsuits before they become a problem," Crawford said. She should know. In April 1990, Crawford filed a civil lawsuit against Stockton State College, charging that a fellow athletics department employee sexually harassed her at meetings in Hammonton and Boston. In October, Crawford received $501,000 to settle her lawsuit against the school, although school and state officials denied her allegations of harassment.
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January 11, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITERS
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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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September 15, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 10, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 28, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 11, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 4, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
  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.
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