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June 25, 1995 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As Thomas Kelly, principal of Stetser Elementary School, left his office and began walking toward a classroom, one of his young students stopped him. Standing on tiptoes, the small girl asked, "Are you done being busy yet?" Responding with a broad smile and a quick laugh, Kelly stopped and took time to address the student's concerns. "It's very important to make children aware there is someone they can come to," Kelly said. "Children need to know there is someone who will listen to them.
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July 12, 1989 | By NATALIE LaTORRE
A few months ago, the heavy-metal band Guns 'n' Roses stopped over in Philadelphia during its largely sold-out, nationwide tour. Like all teen- oriented bands, it rakes in an enormous amount of revenue on accessories - posters, T-shirts, etc. On this tour, there was one particular item being sold, a standard black concert T-shirt displaying the tour dates, cities and the perfunctory artwork that is meant to be a small social synopsis of what...
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July 20, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Swarthmore College will hire an advocate for victims of sexual violence on its campus as part of a wide-ranging response to an outside consultant's report on its handling of assaults. The 1,545-student Delaware County campus also will hire a full-time employee to oversee its compliance with federal regulations prohibiting sexual discrimination on campus. That person is to report directly to the college president and be supported by a team of deputies. Swarthmore on Thursday released an interim report from its consultant, Margolis Healy & Associates, with the recommendations adopted by the college and a letter from president Rebecca Chopp.
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July 20, 1989 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Where the Founding Fathers met, about 150 women gathered in front of Independence Hall yesterday morning and held these truths to be self-evident: That "sexual and physical violence must end. " That "discrimination because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability or class must be eliminated. " That "choices of lifestyle and sexual preference must be supported. " That "reproductive rights must be guaranteed. " That "equality in law must be achieved.
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October 29, 1988 | By Huntly Collins, Inquirer Staff Writer
An anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania yesterday criticised fraternities for using their initiation rites to perpetuate what she described as a "phallo-centric sexual culture" that sanctions violence against women on college campuses. Peggy Sanday, a Penn anthropology professor, described a 1983 incident in which pledges at a Penn fraternity were blindfolded with a sanitary napkin, stripped naked, and forced to put a heat ointment on their genitals while other fraternity brothers urged them not to act like "fags" or "wimps.
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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.
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May 8, 1989 | BY ELIZABETH HOLTZMAN From the New York Times
The brutal rape and beating of a young woman who was left for dead by a teen-age gang was the most vicious in a series of assaults in Central Park on April 19. It was the only one involving sexual violence. Explanations that rely on race or class alone miss the key role gender played: The jogger was victimized because she was a woman, and the boys apparently acted out of a misguided notion of how to prove their manhood. Sexual violence against women is rampant. More than 3,400 women will report being raped this year in New York City, and thousands more will be raped and never report it. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says a woman is raped in the United States every six minutes; one of 10 women will be raped in her lifetime.
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April 29, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The day seemed routine for Teri Wright, who came home from her job as a national operations manager in Center City, ate dinner, watched TV, and went to bed. But at about 2 a.m., she was awakened by four men who had broken into her house. They tied her up at gunpoint. Wright was raped four times. "I had a choice that night," said Wright, 48, of Edgewater Park, Burlington County. "I could have untied myself and laid in the bed" and kept a secret. Instead, she ran for help and reported the assault to police.
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June 12, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
OPENING a four-day London summit to stop sexual violence in conflict zones, the "Maleficent" Angelina Jolie spoke with passion and conviction, recalling her meetings with rape victims who struggle with injustice and stigma long after their countries have emerged from conflict. "We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is on the aggressor," she said, to cheers from the audience. "We need to shatter that culture of impunity.
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November 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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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.
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January 6, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
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 )
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November 30, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 23, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 6, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 18, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 12, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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