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Apr 19, 2018
Thirty-one Democratic male senators have sent a letter to Senate leaders calling on them to move on sexual harassment legislation that would overhaul how claims are handled on Capitol Hill. “If we fail to act immediately to address the systemic problem in our own workplace, we will lose all credibility...
Apr 18, 2018
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a law subjecting non-citizens to deportation for crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, handing the Trump administration an early defeat — thanks to the vote of Justice Neil...
Apr 13, 2018
As dogs and other animals are increasingly used in courts to comfort and calm prosecution witnesses, a few voices are calling for keeping the practice on a short leash, saying they could bias juries. The use of dogs in courts has spread quickly across the U.S. amid a growing number...
Apr 12, 2018
Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe. The move announced today is one of several actions taken by the ride-hailing company under new CEO Dara...
Apr 12, 2018
More sexual harassment claims in the U.S. are filed in the restaurant industry than in any other, where as many as 90% of women and 70% of men reportedly experience some form of sexual harassment. While the industry has had its share of high-profile stories (with a number of well-known...
Apr 10, 2018
In interviews with dozens of current and former cheerleaders — most of them from the N.F.L., but also representing the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. — they described systematic exploitation by teams that profit by sending them into pregame tailgating and other gatherings where they are subjected to offensive sexual comments...
Apr 4, 2018
The Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday passed important legislation authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) that will require law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories to promptly analyze all newly collected rape kit evidence in California. Following federal best practices, SB 1449 ensures that sexual assault victims in California...
Apr 3, 2018
In Illinois, House Bill 5245 was introduced recently. It calls for more training for nurses and allows more locations to examine sexual assault...
Apr 2, 2018
Illinois state law is trying to improve how police respond to victims of rape, mandating police officers across the state undergo new training that not only emphasizes the need for sensitivity to the difficult cases but also teaches the science behind how a brain reacts to trauma. The law also...
Mar 28, 2018
There are more than 196,000 registered nurses in Illinois. Only 32 nurses in the state are certified by the International Association of Forensic Nurses to work with adult sexual assault patients. Twelve of these sexual assault nurse examiners, known as SANE or forensic nurses, are certified to treat children. Nearly...