August 23, 2016
As college freshmen head off to school this month, many will sit through speeches and click through online presentations about one important topic: sexual assault on campus. It will be the first and last time some students learn about harassment or hear how their school defines consent. But it shouldn't be. Before students head to class this fall, universities must assess whether the sexual-assault prevention programs in place are enough. The evidence suggests they can do much more.
June 20, 2016
Pete Mackanin is manager of the Phillies During my six decades in baseball, as a player, coach, and manager, I have worn more caps than a New Era model. Two dozen in all, including my present one, as manager of the Phillies. But the most important cap I have worn is that of father. This nomad's life hasn't always been easy for me, or my son, Shane, or my wife, Nancy. During our 40 years of marriage, we have moved at least 57 times. Shane, now 38, attended 12 different schools before the ninth grade.
January 6, 2016 |
Last season, ABC proved it could outmatch FX and HBO when it came to the anthology drama, with the superb first season of American Crime . The second season premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Unlike HBO's True Detective , which reached dizzying heights of sublimity in its freshman year only to crash and burn in mediocrity the following season, American Crime returns with an equally powerful, compelling, and intelligent story. Created, written, and directed by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley ( 12 Years a Slave )
November 30, 2015 |
After three boys harassed and distributed explicit photos of a 13-year-old classmate, her life as a freshman at Conestoga High School became "a living hell," in the words of the Chester County district attorney. But she was able this fall to take advantage of a new state law - one that placed her classmates under a court order barring the boys from any contact with her. Following the lead of other states, Pennsylvania's Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation law for the first time expands traditional court-ordered protection from its typical targets - such as ex-spouses and relatives - to acquaintances and strangers.
July 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - More victims of sexual violence will be notified if their attacker moves, takes a new job, or has other changes in his or her status as part of a new partnership announced Tuesday by state law enforcement officials and victim advocates. Under Pennsylvania's Adam Walsh law that was signed into law in 2011, the State Police is responsible for notifying victims when a sexually violent offender registers with its Megan's Law unit or if the offender changes jobs or addresses.
March 5, 2015 |
Justin Dillon, former federal prosecutor and now a white collar defense lawyer, knows all too well the ways campus sexual abuse investigations can go wrong. His litany of bizarrely skewed hearings is fraught with the potential for harm and tragic outcomes. The college student brought up on charges of giving his girlfriend an unwanted kiss, more than a year after the relationship ended; an alleged rape victim who said friends had information the accused had raped others, but then declined to identify the friends; the hearing panel, composed of a librarian, a student dance major, and a professor of romance languages, whose job was to decide whether a sexual assault had occurred.
February 23, 2015 |
A Princeton dean and professor of literature and African American studies will lead Swarthmore College when the new academic year begins. The school announced Saturday that Valerie Smith, 59, would become the 15th president of the 150-year-old institution beginning July 1. She becomes Swarthmore's first African American president. "I was really struck by the passionate commitment faculty, staff, and students have toward Swarthmore," Smith said, " . . . the level of deep intellectual engagement.
November 6, 2014 |
Princeton University violated a federal antidiscrimination law by not "promptly and equitably" responding to complaints of sexual violence, in one case allowing a sexually hostile environment to continue for one student, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday. The university formalized an agreement Oct. 12 with the department that includes revising policies, using a "preponderance of the evidence" standard in investigating complaints, and reexamining all complaints filed from the 2011-12 academic year through Sept.
October 18, 2014 |
TRENTON - Mandatory reporting of sexual-assault cases to authorities could lead college students to not seek help out of fear of embarrassment or retribution and a sense of being revictimized, victim advocates, activists, and academic experts testified Thursday. "Mandated reporting to law enforcement, other than a demographic statistic . . . will drive our victims underground," said Donna Barry, director of the university health center at Montclair State University, during a legislative hearing on campus sexual violence.
October 12, 2014 |
Billboard: Taylor Swift's our dame Guess someone likes the twerk. Billboard on Friday crowned twerkedelic "Shake it Off" shaker Taylor Swift its Woman of the Year for her role in shaping, changing, and influencing music. Swift, 24, is the only artist in human history ever to receive the honor twice - she won it in 2011, too. So why her? It's a game of numbers: "Over the course of her career, she's charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 . . . [more than] any female artist since her debut in 2006," said a top Billboard suit in a release . Timing is all: Swift's new LP, 1989 , drops Oct. 27. QE2: Angelina Jolie is our dame Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made Angelina Jolie an honorary dame at a ceremony Friday at Buckingham Palace attended by Jolie's husband Brad Pitt and their six children.