Sexual assault

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1 in 10 female students report being sexually assaulted at UConn

One in 10 female students at the University of Connecticut’s main campus in Storrs surveyed last winter by a national consortium reported that they had been sexually assaulted since enrolling in school. Among male students, one in 70 reported being victims of sexual violence. Continue Reading →

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Sponsors vow to reintroduce ‘yes means yes’ legislation

Co-sponsors of a bill that would require all Connecticut colleges and universities to adopt an affirmative-consent policy for sexual assault investigations say they will reintroduce the legislation next year. The law would change the way schools investigate sexual assault complaints by shifting the burden of proof to the accused to show the sexual activity was consensual. Continue Reading →

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A Super Bowl ad pushes for talk about domestic violence and sexual assault

Chances are most people watching the Super Bowl – and the ad about domestic violence that ran during the game – know someone who experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. But they might not be aware of it. “Despite the vast numbers impacted by these crimes, people are not talking about them,” said Virginia Witt, director of the campaign behind the ad. So what will change that? Continue Reading →

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Connecticut advocates lobby Congress to tackle sexual crimes on campus

WASHINGTON – Should the University of Connecticut and other colleges in the state and across the nation be forced to report all incidents of sexual assaults on their campuses to law enforcement authorities? That’s one of the questions under debate as Congress tackles the thorny issue of sexual violence in the nation’s schools. Continue Reading →

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Malloy signs bills on sexual assault, nurse practitioners, long-term care insurance

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law two high-profile bills passed by the General Assembly. One imposes new requirements on how colleges and universities respond to student reports of sexual assault. The other allows nurse practitioners to practice independent of doctors. Continue Reading →

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The Basics: Improving services for sexually assaulted college students

The state Senate has given final approval to a bill that imposes requirements on how public and private colleges must respond to students who have been sexually assaulted, and what services must be provided to them. “There has been much disarray in the process in the past,” said Sen. Steve Cassano, Democratic chairman of the Higher Education Committee. “This bill is only a first step.”

The bill’s passage follows the filing of a lawsuit  against The University of Connecticut last fall by a group of students who said school officials had been “deliberately indifferent” when they sought help. It also comes on the same day that The White House released recommendations and a few promises on what will change so students get the services they need. “Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement when releasing the recommendations. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers vote to require better responses by CT colleges to sexual assaults

The House bill seeks to improve how all higher education institutions in Connecticut respond when a student comes forward to report an assault, and to boost prevention through bystander training akin to the “see something, say something” campaign. Continue Reading →

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