Michigan State University Agrees to Change Its Response to Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it has resolved its investigation of two sexual violence complaints filed against Michigan State University. The university, which has taken important positive steps to provide and maintain a safe learning environment for everyone on campus, entered into a resolution agreement to correct violations found during OCR’s investigation. “With this agreement, Michigan State University undertakes a strong and comprehensive commitment to address sexual harassment and sexual Read More

Guidance Issued on Responsibilities of Schools to Address Sexual Violence, Other Forms of Sex Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released new guidance describing the responsibilities of colleges, universities and public schools to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The guidelines, highlighted by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault’s new report released earlier Tuesday, provide greater clarity about the requirements of Title IX around this critical issue – Read More

Teen Dating Abuse

Abuse knows no rules, no boundaries, and does not take exception with the wealthy or the poor. Abuse doesn’t care if you are the clever one, the beauty, or the hunk down the street. Anyone can find themselves in a potentially abusive relationship. Once in one of these relationships it may place you in a trance and you may find yourself unable to extract yourself. Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence. Violence 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

Men walking in heels raise awareness of sexual assault (VIDEO)

WILLMAR — Some of the 36 men walked in scandals, some in pumps, others in high heels and a few in their own shoes. Regardless of the footwear, all participants walked, jogged or ran to raise awareness and funds to provide safety and healing for victims of abuse and sexual assault during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Saturday morning at the Willmar Middle School track. The event is part of a 10-year Read More

TeachME: New Courses for August

Pathological Gambling and Alcohol Use Disorders $10.00 [2.00 CE Hours] This short intermediate level course is designed to give psychologists and other mental health professionals an overview of the association between pathological gambling (PG) and alcohol use disorders (AUDs). The incidence, prevalence, and common features of PG, AUD, and co-morbid PG and AUD are outlined as well as key research in these areas. Diagnostic criteria, treatment implications, and promising areas for future research are also Read More

Webinar Examines Sexual Exploitation of Girls by Gangs

Although gangs are a chronic problem in many urban and suburban areas of the nation, this city included, certain aspects of gang life don’t receive the attention – and therefore the resources – necessary to combat them. In particular, the sexual exploitation of girls by gangs is a serious problem currently facing law enforcement, courts, educators and social service programs across the country, according to a panel that met this week to discuss the issue. Read More