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Posted inJustice, Politics

Kavanaugh hearing engulfed in high-stakes drama and emotion

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily lashed out at Democrats who oppose his candidacy and said a rash of accusations of sexual misbehavior from women is a  “calculated and orchestrated political hit.” But it was his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who first held the nation’s attention when she said she was afraid Kavanaugh “was going to rape me” at a high school party decades ago.

Posted inJustice, Politics

Yale Law professors call for ‘neutral’ probe of Kavanaugh sexual assault accusation

WASHINGTON – As the partisan tussle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court continued Friday, Yale Law School faculty weighed in with a letter asking that the FBI or another “neutral factfinder” investigate an accusation that the nominee sexually assaulted another teen at a high school party decades ago.

Posted inPolitics

CT sexual assault victims back Kavanaugh accuser

Victims of sexual assault in Connecticut on Thursday joined others across the country in backing Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago when both were attending a teenage party. Meanwhile, Ford’s lawyers began negotiations with Senate Republicans regarding the conditions on her testimony.

Posted inEducation, Politics

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.

Posted inHealth

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?