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Michigan State Just Agreed to Pay $500 Million to Settle Sexual-Abuse Claims. Where Will It Find the Money?
May 18, 2018
Michigan State University announced on Wednesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with 332 women and girls who were assaulted by Larry Nassar, a former university physician. The terms call for $425 million to be paid to current claimants, with an additional $75 million to be set aside in a trust to pay for future claims. It awaits final approval from the parties involved.

Inside Sexual Harassment's Hidden Toll on Equal Pay
April 11, 2018
For Christa Hayburn, sexual harassment was part of the daily routine as a Philadelphia police officer. From comments about how she looked in uniform from her coworkers to questions about her relationship status, Hayburn said she tried to minimize the uncomfortable day-to-day interactions and instead focus on the career she was passionate about. It wasn’t until her commanding officer sexually assaulted her that everything changed.

A Yale Student Accused Her Classmate of Rape. His Lawyers Asked What She Was Wearing and How Much She Drank
March 9, 2018
How much did she have to drink? Why didn’t she wear a more modest outfit? Why did she and the man she later accused of raping her look “like two lovers” while walking together on campus? These are some of the questions that defense attorneys asked a Yale University student who brought a rape complaint against her classmate.

University presidents would have to review Title IX complaints under Nassar-inspired legislation
February 15, 2018
University presidents would be required to personally review any Title IX sexual abuse complaints involving school employees under federal legislation inspired by former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.

US science agency will require universities to report sexual harassment
February 8, 2018
Any institution receiving grant monies from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) must now inform the agency if it finds that anyone funded by the grant proposal has committed sexual harassment. The policy will take effect after a 60-day public-comment period ends.

New Student Advisory Board will provide input on sexual violence prevention and response
January 31, 2018
A new 19-member Student Advisory Board has been established to provide input to the university on its ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Hollywood Women Launch Time’s Up to End Sexual Harassment. Here’s Their Plan
January 2, 2018
A group of more than 300 leading women in Hollywood kicked off 2018 by launching an initiative that promises to not only shake up decades of sexual harassment, pay disparity and discrimination in Hollywood, but also help women in all fields who are struggling with the same problems.

How Trump May Inadvertently Advance Transgender Rights
November 30, 2017
Donald Trump’s discriminatory attacks on transgender people have helped define his early presidency. The president has attempted to ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces and his administration has rescinded Obama-era guidance confirming that Title IX’s protections for students include protections for transgender students. But Trump’s animus-driven actions are having the opposite effect that he envisioned. In a few different ways, Trump’s actions have inadvertently cemented, rather than weakened, the legal rights protecting transgender people.

How One College Has Set Out to Fix ‘a Culture of Blatant Sexual Harassment’
November 29, 2017
As the #MeToo movement has gathered steam, women have gone public with accusations of sexual misconduct by professors at dozens of colleges. But one institution in particular has faced reproach as a hotbed of abusive behavior. The Berklee College of Music was described in a recent Boston Globe article as having a "a culture of blatant sexual harassment."

Biden, Lady Gaga release sexual assault awareness PSA
October 26, 2017
Lady Gaga and former Vice President Joe Biden are teaming up again to advocate against sexual assault, releasing a PSA as part of the "It's On Us" campaign started by Biden and former President Barack Obama.