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New Investigation Reveals Student on Student Sexual Assault in Schools Across the Country
May 2nd, 2017 by

New Investigation Reveals Student on Student Sexual Assault in Schools Across the Country

While we often talk about sexual assault on college campuses, universities aren’t the only educational institutions where sexual assault is a problem. Students in high schools, and even middle and elementary schools are experiencing sexual assault at the hands of other students. According to a year-long investigation by The Associated Press, there were about 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults committed by students against their classmates between the fall of 2011 and spring of 2015. According to the AP, the investigation is the most comprehensive tally of student on student sexual assault in grades K through 12, but even these numbers likely don’t capture the severity of the problem.

The AP looked at state education records and federal crime data covering 50 million students in the United States, finding around 17,000 official reports of student on student sexual assault in the roughly four year period. But, because sexual assaults are typically underreported, and some states either don’t track them or differ in how they categorize them, the AP notes the investigation likely only uncovered a fraction of the assaults. In many cases, the investigation found incidents of sexual assault were mischaracterized as bullying or hazing or even as a consensual act in official reports.

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http://www.teenvogue.com/story/investigation-shows-student-on-student-sexual-assault

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Schoolhouse Sex Assault
May 2nd, 2017 by

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Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no school is immune.

AP journalists spent a year investigating sexual assaults in elementary and secondary schools. It found they occurred anywhere students were left unsupervised: buses and bathrooms, hallways and locker rooms. Sometimes, victims and offenders were as young as 5 or 6. Analyzing information from state education agencies and federal crime data, AP found about 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults by students over a four-year period. Experts believe that’s the tip of the iceberg.

Go to – https://www.apnews.com/tag/SchoolhouseSexAssault

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RAPE CULTURE SYLLABUS
Oct 16th, 2016 by

October 14, 2016

I just start kissing them. Just kiss—I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Whatever you want. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.—Donald Trump

The video was released on Friday, October 7. At the presidential debate two days later, when CNN moderator Anderson Cooper asked the Republican nominee Donald Trump to explain his apparently predatory behavior to the nation, Trump dismissed his deep-seated serial misogyny and nonconsensual sexual advances as mere “locker room talk.” Repeatedly. Afterward, in the GOP spin room, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions staunchly defended his ally, insisting, contrary to the Department of Justice’s definition, that grabbing a woman’s genitals without her consent was not sexual assault. On Wednesday, in the New York Times, two women gave their own detailed accounts of having been sexually assaulted by Trump; another woman, a People magazine journalist, also came forward to share her story. On Thursday, delivering an impassioned speech in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama called out Trump as a sexual predator who routinely abuses his male privilege and power: “This wasn’t locker room banter. This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behavior, and actually bragging about kissing and groping women … It reminds us of stories we heard from our mothers and grandmothers about how, back in their day, the boss could say and do whatever he pleased to the women in the office.”The furor went national after the release of the video, but the problems had started much earlier: when Trump’s lawyer claimed it was legal to rape your spouse; when Trump, in campaign speeches across the country, called Mexican immigrants rapists; when he continued to assert the guilt of the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully convicted of rape and finally exonerated by DNA evidence after serving years in prison.

The Trump video inspired the writer Kelly Oxford to invite women to tweet at her the stories of their first assaults; by Monday, she had received thousands of testimonies about flashings, gropings, and rapes; along the way, Oxford’s account was viewed some 30 million times. Building in intensity throughout the year—in the courts, on college campuses, throughout the blogosphere, and on Facebook pages, Snapchat stories, and Twitter feeds—suddenly it seemed the phrase “rape culture” dominated the national conversation. Rape culture refers to the trivializing of sexual violence and the tendency to blame victims while exonerating or excusing assailants. It also refers to the racial disparities in arrests and sentencing of accused rapists. We need look no further than the notorious case of Brock Turner, a Stanford student who was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault, and yet was handed an uncharacteristically lenient sentence by a questionable judge. Even more devastating in its reach, the Department of Justice recently concluded that the Baltimore City Police, among other crimes, “seriously and systematically under-investigates reports of sexual assault.”

Scholars and activists, poets and playwrights have been writing about rape for centuries. What would the conversation around sexual assault, police bias, and the legal system look like if investigators, police officers, and judges read deeply into the literature on sexuality, racial justice, violence, and power? It is in view of this question that the following syllabus is offered as a scholarly resource—and object of critical discussion and debate—on “rape culture” in the 21st century.

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Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies
Sep 19th, 2016 by

Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies highlights issues for K-12 districts to consider when bringing together a multi-disciplinary team to develop sexual misconduct policies as part of their overall response to sexual misconduct. By using this document as a guide, it will enable K-12 teams to include all the essential components of a comprehensive sexual misconduct plan. The document covers reporting options, support services for victims, definitions, confidentiality, the grievance process, and other critical areas. It also provides links to Federal government resources for those wanting further detail on a particular topic.

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Free PSAs for radio stations – Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.
Mar 7th, 2015 by

Students of Howard Community College (HCC) of Columbia, MD have produced three public service announcements concerning the difficult and serious issue of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. HCC’s Dragon Radio is providing your institution three psa’s: a 15 second; 30 second; and a 60 second announcement. You are welcome to broadcast any or all of these psa’s with your own introduction. We trust that the work of these HCC students will do some good. We have included the text below along with the attached three audio psa’s. Thank you for taking the time.

Questions, please contact Matt Trudel, Assistant Director of Dragon Radio, Howard Community College, Columbia MD. mtrudel0892@howardcc.edu

443-518-3078 or 443-518-3029.

(This email was sent by Jim Karantonis, student and writer of the public service announcements.) The text of the psa’s follows:

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Fifteen Second PSA.

SHE.  (Matter-o-factually.) You’re a good kisser.

  1. Thanks.

SHE.  A pretty good kisser.

  1. Thanks again.

SHE.  Hey, I didn’t mean you could touch.

  1. But I’m even better at―

SHE.  You’re not that good a kisser.

FEMALE ANNOUNCER.  Practice kissing. You’ll get in less trouble if you stop there.

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Thirty second PSA.

  1. You like me don’t you?

SHE.  (Drawn-out slowly.) Well . . . yeah.

  1. So we like each other, so why not.

SHE.  I like you but not to . . .

  1. But you want to, don’t you? Don’t you?

SHE.  (Frazzled.) Well, maybe.

  1. I have protection, are you worried about―

SHE.  (Confused.) No, it’s not that. I just don’t know.

ANNOUNCER.  Guys. Times have changed for everyone. “I just don’t know” isn’t a “yes”. And when it comes to sex take “maybe” as a “no.”

Issue: Sexual harassment and assaults on college campuses.

Sixty second PSA.

SHE.  What a party! (Sings) My head is spinning and spinning . . . (Continues to sing in background.)

  1. I do believe you set a record for margaritas.

SHE.  What’s your name again? Bob? Bill? (Exaggerated laugh.) I’m kidding.

  1. (Chuckles.) Yeah, I’m Brad, the nice guy that you just met.

SHE.  Hey, Hey, Brad, (Whispers.) let’s go upstairs. (With a sexy voice.) There’s an empty room up there.

  1. Whoa, that’s not a good idea.

SHE.  (A girlish whine.) Oh, but I want to. (Giggles.) Wow is my head (sings.) spinning and spinning and spinning . . .

  1. (He sing-songs.) Too many margaritas.

SHE.  Brad, (Pouting.) we don’t have to go steady. We’re just hooking-up. (Sings.) I’m spinning and spinning and spinning . . .

  1. Listen. We can make this happen another time, after we get to know each other.

ANNOUNCER.  (Voice sings in background “spinning and spinning”.)  Don’t be sorry later . . . for what you can control now.

Thank you to HCC students: Taylor Pakulla; KareneWinfield; Scott Lichtor

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