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Sexual Harassment News: Dept. of Ed, Bishops, Dartmouth

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

11/29/2018

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Colleges turn a blind eye to sex assault. Dept. of Ed wants to make that even easier

After what you’ve seen of Ohio State football Coach Urban Meyer’s truthfulness, would you trust him to forward a sexual assault report against one of his players? Having witnessed Art Briles turn Baylor into a depraved sewer, do you think campus officials can be counted on to do the right thing by female victims? Or do they need some regulation, so they don’t put winning ahead of justice? The Department of Education has weighed these questions and has a message for women on campus: You better buy some mace. read more »

Investigators Raid Offices of President of U.S. Catholic Bishops

Dozens of local and federal law enforcement officers conducted a surprise search of the offices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Wednesday, looking for evidence in a clergy sexual abuse case that has ensnared the local archbishop, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, who also serves as president of the United States Catholic bishops’ conference.

The raid in Houston is the latest sign of crisis in the church, with prosecutors growing more aggressive in their search for cover-ups of abuse, and the bishops — led by Cardinal DiNardo — hamstrung by the Vatican in their efforts to carry out reforms. read more »

Alumni pressure Dartmouth over handling of sex abuse claims

Dartmouth College alumni have heard the allegations of misconduct in one department where professors are accused of hosting drunken parties, groping and harassing their students and, in two cases, sexually assaulting them.

Now, a growing number of former students are demanding answers from the administration and questioning how such an atmosphere apparently flourished for at least 15 years at the Ivy League school in Hanover, New Hampshire. read more »

After Ohio State sex abuse scandal, a push to change statute of limitations for victims