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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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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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May 2, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's new chief of staff has been accused by an assistant state prosecutor of making inappropriate and unwanted sexual advances. Deputy Attorney General Michele Kluk confirmed in an interview Thursday that she reported the February 2014 incident to her superiors shortly after it occurred - more than a year before Kane promoted Jonathan Duecker, a former supervisor of the office's narcotics agents, to the new post. In addition, a second woman who works in the office has told supervisors that Duecker had sexually harassed her, according to people familiar with the woman's account.
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April 13, 2015
ISSUE | THE SEXES Teach respect for women early When people ask me for proof that we are living in a rape culture, I will show them Clark DeLeon's recent Currents column ("Naked truth about boy-girl dealings," April 5). DeLeon's piece enforces the victim-blaming mentality that still runs rampant, especially when it comes to sexual harassment and assault. How dare DeLeon insinuate that young women should hold to a higher moral standard and not expect men to do the same? "Boy will be boys" is a too-tired excuse for sexual harassment, assault, and mistreatment of women.
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March 19, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia Fire Department employees have accepted undisclosed punishment in a sexual harassment scandal that has roiled the department, officials said Tuesday. The employees, whose names and ranks were not released, waived a departmental hearing on the allegations against them and chose to accept punishment, Frank Keel, a spokesman for the firefighters' union, said in a statement. They are among seven - two battalion chiefs, a captain, a lieutenant, a paramedic, and two firefighters - who faced discipline for their interactions with a paramedic who filed a sexual harassment complaint against the department last year.
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March 13, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
DISCIPLINARY hearings are to begin Tuesday for seven Philadelphia Fire Department members implicated in a sex scandal. But the closed proceedings are likely to shed little light on any systemic problems underlying allegations that a troubled young paramedic was coerced into countless unwanted sexual encounters after she joined the department in 2011. That's because the city Inspector General's Office, which investigated the scandal and recommended discipline, focused on the men in question rather than on the department as a whole, said Joe Schulle, president of the union representing the city's firefighters and paramedics.
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