U.S. Department of Education Finds Tufts University in Massachusetts in Violation of Title IX for Its Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment Complaints

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has found that Tufts University has failed to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to address sexual assault and harassment issues. Although Tufts had entered into an agreement to remedy its violation on April 17, the university informed OCR on April 26 that it was “revoking” the agreement. This action constitutes a breach of the agreement. Under Read More

Silence on Rape Is the Biggest Obstacle to Prevention

I recently held a seminar on rape in war with military lawyers from across the world. We talked through a number of obstacles to prevention and elimination of sexual violence, but at the end of the seminar everyone agreed that the biggest of them all is silence. “We don’t ever get to have this conversation,” the participants agreed. Unfortunately, this is particularly true in the countries most affected by sexual violence in war: Not only Read More

RAINN Day Conversations Shed New Light on Sexual Violence

Jerry Sandusky. "Legitimate" rape. Daniel Tosh. The women’s health care debate. If there were ever an era in which sexual violence was inextricably linked to many of the most talked-about headlines, this would be it. While today marks the 18th year in which the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization,RAINN (which stands for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), has worked to raise awareness of the issue and the recovery resources surrounding it, the underlying problems Read More

Bullying victims take schools to courts

In the days following her son’s suicide, Jeannie Chambers told a television reporter in Sioux City that she wasn’t sure if she wanted charges filed against the classmates who bullied her boy. Her son, Kenneth Weishuhn, was only 14 when he killed himself April 15. His death inspired rallies and candlelight vigils across the state and reignited a debate about bullying, responsibility and liability. The reason for Chambers’ indecisiveness seemed altruistic. She didn’t want another Read More

One in six seventh graders are victims of dating violence: survey

Seventh-grade students have experienced alarming rates of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner, including being shoved, grabbed, hit or kicked, a survey of middle schoolers showed on Thursday. Nearly one in six of 1,430 students surveyed, most of whom were just 12 years old, said they had experienced physical dating violence in the past six months, while more than one in three had witnessed such violence among their peers. Moreover, nearly a Read More

Sexual assaults: Protecting our children

By Stephanie Myles MONTREAL – Parents send their children out into the big, bad world every morning, fingers crossed they’ll return home safe and sound every night. For many, sport always seemed to be a positive activity that kept their kids healthy and busy and, for the gifted few, might lead to a professional career. The safe haven for some has been a house of horrors for many – one that is whispered about and Read More

Disparities in Treating Kids of Different Ethnicities in Trouble at School

By Beverly Ford A good student with no disciplinary record, Sonia Vivas was on track to fulfill her dream of becoming a lawyer when an encounter with two other teens sent her life into a tailspin. Accused of stealing a cell phone and pulling a knife on a student, the 14-year-old eighth grader was tossed out of school in 2007 with little more than a cursory hearing after the mother of one of the girls, Read More

Guest View: Teen sexual harassment is remarkable silent problem

By Inga Schowengerdt Has your child ever been sexually harassed? Would you know it if they were? Whatever your answers to these questions are, you might want to consider new research revealing that sexual harassment among teens is shockingly common, strikingly underreported, and that what we don’t know as adults is hurting our kids. "Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School," is a new report by the American Association of University Women. The report has Read More

When the bully is the teacher or an administrator

By Craig Garrison The entire nation is aware of bullying and its effects on students. There are a host of national campaigns and programs to address this topic head on. Here in the CNMI we are also staying active on the anti-bullying front with proposed legislation and the creation of policy for the protection of cyber-bullying among other forms now being introduced at both the state and school district levels. Most notably being introduced by Read More

Nine-year-old boy suspended for ‘sexual harrassment’

By Gregory Kane This is a tale of a bus and a guy named Bostic. Bostic’s first name is Jerry. He’s probably a pretty swell guy, I suppose. At least, by his own admission, he is. He spent 44 years as an educator. And, Bostic said recently, he "really enjoyed" working with the kiddies. The bus in this story is the figurative one that Bostic got tossed under. Details of the Bostic and the bus Read More