Category Archives: Sexual Assault

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Groups Call on Civil-Rights Official to Reject ‘90 Percent’ Statement on Campus-Rape Cases

More than 50 groups have signed a letter demanding that Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, reject a statement she made this month in a New York Times interview. Ms. Jackson told the newspaper that “90 percent” of campus sexual-assault accusations resulted from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter. Ms. Jackson has since apologized, calling the remarks “flippant.”

In the letter the National Women’s Law Center, joined by other…

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Key Democrat Calls for DeVos to Remove Top Civil-Rights Official

Updated (7/17/2017, 6:53 p.m.) with statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, is calling for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove Candice E. Jackson as the top civil-rights official in the Education Department after her “callous” comments on campus sexual assault.

“In the three months she has been acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson’s words and actions have made it clear wh…

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U. of Oregon Athlete Played a Season While Under Investigation for Sexual Assault

Updated (6/23/2017, 11:14 a.m.) with a statement from the university.

A University of Oregon men’s basketball player, Kavell Bigby-Williams, played the last basketball season while he was under criminal investigation for alleged sexual assault, according to the Daily Emerald, the campus’s student newspaper.

Mr. Bigby-Williams has been under investigation by the campus police of the Northern Wyoming Community College District since September 19, the newspaper said. He is accused of sexually assau…

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Education Dept. Closes Title IX Investigation of Liberty U.

The Education Department’s civil-rights office has closed a Title IX investigation of Liberty University that had been triggered by a sexual-assault claim. The office cited a lack of jurisdiction.

In a letter addressed to President Jerry L. Falwell Jr., Letisha Morgan, a team leader in the Office for Civil Rights, wrote that the office had learned that the person who filed the original complaint was not a student at Liberty and did not have “meaningful and sustained contact” with the institution…

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Embattled Community-College President Retires Ahead of Board Vote

A community-college president who was allegedly recorded disparaging the victim of a campus sexual assault retired this week hours before a vote by the college’s Board of Trustees on his future, the Associated Press reports.

James P. Klyczek, president of Niagara County Community College, in New York, alerted the board that he had stepped down on Wednesday before a meeting where the trustees were expected to vote on whether to oust him. The president was allegedly recorded making critical commen…

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Anti-Clinton Lawyer Apparently Is Tapped for Key Civil-Rights Post

A lawyer who helped the Trump campaign organize an event last fall with several women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct says she has accepted a top civil-rights position at the Department of Education, according to reports by Politico Pro and The Washington Post.

The lawyer, Candice E. Jackson, wrote on her personal website that she had accepted “an appointment” in the Education Department and would no longer be practicing law. The Pepperdine School of Law reported more specific…

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Stanford U. Says Lawyer Was Not Dismissed Over Criticism

Responding to several news articles about Stanford University’s Title IX cases, the university released a Q&A with Lauren Schoenthaler, senior associate vice provost, about the adjudication process.

On February 9, The New York Times reported that Stanford had dismissed Crystal Riggins, a lawyer who had been hired to help students while they pursued sexual-assault complaints. The Times reported that Ms. Riggins had been fired for criticizing the university’s adjudication process to the newspaper.

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Michigan State Suspends Gymnastics Coach Amid Inquiry Into Former Team Doctor

Michigan State University has suspended Kathie Klages, coach of women’s gymnastics, while the institution investigates alleged sexual assaults involving Larry Nassar, the team’s former doctor, the Lansing State Journal reports.

More than 60 women have reported that Mr. Nassar, who was the team’s physician for nearly 20 years, sexually assaulted them, often during medical appointments. Mr. Nassar has been charged with sexual misconduct as well as charges related to obtaining, possessing, and dest…

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Lawyer Who Worked on Rape Cases for Stanford Is Dismissed Over Criticism

A lawyer retained by Stanford University to represent students making sexual-assault complaints has been dismissed after telling The New York Times about her frustrations with the university’s process, the newspaper reports.

Crystal Riggins was one of six lawyers that Stanford held on retainer to guide students involved in complaints filed under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX. On January 31, Ms. Riggins received an email saying that her services would no longer be needed followi…

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Big 12 Conference Withholds Funds From Baylor U. Over Title IX Scandal

The Big 12 Conference will withhold 25 percent of future revenue distributions from Baylor University “until the proper execution of controls” over its scandal-plagued athletics program “is independently verified.”

“The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX,” David L. Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and chair…