This week federal legislators are expected to approve the Teach Safe Relationships Act, which seeks to get high school students focused on healthy relationships. The bill, which has been rolled into the overhauled No Child Left Behind, is based on the premise that sexual-assault-prevention training may be most effective before college age.
In this rape-bystander training, audience members become part of the sketch. When they hesitate to speak up in the auditorium, for instance, they help dramatize real-world complicity with sexual harassment or assault.
In some parts of the country local and state law enforcers will say no crime was committed if an angry ex publicizes nude pictures of you all over the Web. The End Revenge Porn campaign is going up against First Amendment arguments in a bid to change that.
Critics raise free-speech concerns about a bill seeking to limit Photoshopping and other alterations in ads. Supporters argue that advertising is a special form of media since it exploits anxieties with harmful public health consequences for girls and women.
The Student Safety: Sexual Assault, or “affirmative consent,” legislation, could reach Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk by the end of the summer. A legislator who supports the bill says it’s time to change the mindset of “boys just getting crazy and drunk, being irresponsible.” LOS ANGELES (WOMENSENEWS)– Like other campus sexual assault survivors, Sofie Karasek said her attack freshman year by a classmate at the University of California-Berkeley left her distraught at first, wondering whether she should “make a big deal of it,” then puzzled and angry at what she felt was her university’s inadequate response after she reported the incident.
Young women looking on the Internet for help with their eating disorders are instead finding a proliferation of sites that encourage their unhealthy habits. Some researchers, however, say the sites offer a therapeutic “window” on a baffling disease.
A California man is suing shelters for battered women that denied him entry last year. The case against the already financially strapped shelters is supported by activists who favor more “gender symmetry” in attitudes toward domestic violence.
Public schools are experimenting with single-sex education on a small scale, but the nation’s biggest pilot project in California has shut down. A study found some benefits to girls and boys but said the schools failed to address gender equity.
A new study says the 1996 welfare law resulted in heads of currently poor families, more than 80 percent of them female, becoming more vulnerable to sex harassment, race or ethnic bias and arbitrary decisions in state-run programs with few rules.