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Naval Academy addresses sexual misconduct among midshipmen

Nearly 60 percent of women and 20 percent of men felt sexually harassed while attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, last year, according to an annual Defense Department report on misconduct at the service academies. But despite an increase in sexual misconduct found in the voluntary survey of midshipmen, such incidents go largely unreported. The Naval Academy has an anonymous reporting system where midshipmen can report sexual harassment and other issues without fear of retaliation. Despite this, midshipmen made only two informal reports and no formal reports of sexual harassment last year. The year prior, there were ... Read More

Columbia sued for covering up obstetrician’s sexual abuse

Columbia University and its associated hospitals “actively and deliberately” – and inexplicably – covered up the sexual abuse of several patients by one of its obstetricians, according to a lawsuit filed by 17 women. Instead, the university and hospitals “continued to grant Robert Hadden unfettered access to vulnerable, unsuspecting, pregnant and non-pregnant female patients,” the lawsuit claims. The women claim that under the guise of performing medical exams Hadden licked them, digitally penetrated their vaginas without gloves, and fondled their breasts and anuses. Only one plaintiff, Marissa Hoechstetter, has revealed her name, a decision she said she made after years ... Read More

Campaign offers support for military male sexual assault victims

Sexual assault can happen to men, too, and the Department of Defense (DOD) wants men to know that they will be supported if they come forward. Only about 10 percent of male victims report sexual abuse, according to a survey conducted by the DOD. What keeps them silent is fear they won’t be believed or will be blamed if they report an incident. The same study also found that men who experience sexual assault do not actually see it as “sexual” as much as a cultural norm. But the DOD’s Air Force and Sexual Assault Prevention Response teams are committed ... Read More

OSU faces two lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse by former wrestling coach

Former wrestling students at Ohio State University have filed two separate class-action lawsuits alleging the university ignored allegations of sexual abuse against them. The first lawsuit, filed by four “John Does” and wrestling team members, allege that the team doctor, Dr. Richard Strauss, “sexually assaulted, battered, molested, and/or harassed,” them during medical exams performed from the late 1980s through the 1990s. Strauss committed suicide in 2005. The men claim in their lawsuit that their complaints “were not left unreported at the level of the coaches,” and that “rampant sexual abuse and culture of sexual abuse was reported to Ohio State ... Read More

‘Powerful’ youth volleyball coach faces sexual assault class action

An Aurora, Illinois man dubbed “the most powerful coach in youth volleyball,” by sports network ESPN is now the center of a potential multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit alleging the coach raped and sexually abused underaged players, the Cook County Record reported. The club volleyball program he was affiliated with is also named in the lawsuit for not protecting athletes from the coach. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly, green-lighted the request from plaintiff Laura Mullen to certify the class against coach Rick Butler, the Great Lakes Volleyball Center, and Butler’s Sports Performance Volleyball Club. The class could grow into the ... Read More

Four men accuse Bohemian Rhapsody director of sexual assault when they were teens

Four men have accused Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer of sexually assaulting them in California between 1997 and 1999, when they were underage, The Atlantic reported. Writers Alex French and Maximillian Potter spent 12 months investigating the claims of the four men, speaking to more than 50 sources about allegations of sexual assault and abuse of underage boys at lavish parties Singer threw. Singer’s attorney denies his client ever had sex with or any interest in underage men. According to the report, one of the boys, Victor Valdovinos, claims when he was 13 and working as an extra on Singer’s ... Read More

Blogger fights back against sexual harassment with #OutThem campaign

Kristina Kuzmic has developed a platform with her in-your-face, “mom-centric” videos about raising children. Her blogs and videos garner thousands of comments. But sometimes social media can be a platform for sexual harassment. Kristina recently shared a few unwelcome comments she has received from men amid the rising tide of the #MeToo movement: “I want to pin you down and — the — out of you.” “Shut your mouth and open your legs and maybe I could teach you a few things.” “I want to choke you a little but in a fun way, if you know what I mean.” ... Read More

Louis C.K. makes crude jokes about sexual harassment accusations against him

Louis C.K. apparently hasn’t learned his lesson. The comedic actor got caught in the #MeToo riptide in 2017 when he was accused of taking women he worked with into private rooms, taking his clothes off, and asking if he could masturbate in front of them. At the time, he issued a statement, “There is nothing about this that I forgive myself for.” Then he pledged to “step back and take a long time to listen.” But did he really mean it? Nine months after those remarks, Louis C.K. took the stage at New York’s Comedy Cellar riffing on racism and rape ... Read More

Gillette’s #MeToo ad cuts both ways

Gillette, the razor maker, launched a two-minute-long ad in advance of the Super Bowl, hoping to cash in by supporting the #MeToo movement. And while the ad has garnered words of support from advocates like actress Jessica Chastain for bringing tears to her eyes, the video, which has generated more than 14 million views on YouTube, is getting more than twice as many dislikes than likes. Many of the ad viewers are vowing to boycott the razors. “I’m researching every product made by Proctor & Gamble, throwing any I have in the trash, and never buying of them again until ... Read More

Bernie Sanders’ former campaign staffers request meeting to discuss sexual harassment

More than two dozen men and women — all former staffers from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for president — signed a letter asking to meet with the Vermont senator to discuss sexual misconduct among staffers. They say they would like to set up policies and discuss the hiring of diverse leadership “to pre-empt the possibility of replicating the predatory culture from the first presidential campaign.” Those who signed the letter ranged from former organizers to top officials within the campaign, some of whom intend to join Sanders’ 2020 campaign should he choose to run. The letter referenced an “untenable ... Read More