Texas Gets It Right, First.

I was going through my articles that I read for additional information on certain topics and I saw this article from a couple of years ago concerning rape kit reform. Take a look, In June 2017, Texas became the first state in the nation to enact all of Joyful Heart’s six legislative pillars of comprehensive rape kit reform. We asked Ilse Knecht, Joyful Heart’s Director of Policy & Advocacy, what this legislative victory means for our work. Watch a video of her conversation with Christine Show, Digital Platforms Manager.

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What is affirmative consent, and how is USC combatting sexual violence?

Since the second-wave feminist movement of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s to the debate over reproductive rights and the global phenomenon of #MeToo, a number of social and political factors have brought increased attention to issues of sexual violence and assault. Unfortunately, the problem endures: Today, it is estimated that 1 in 6 American women and about 3 percent of American men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

“Though by no means a comprehensive answer to the problem of assault, creating clearer parameters to the definition of consent can help move the needle on the larger mission of eliminating sexual violence,” said Brenda Ingram, director of Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services at USC Student Health.

Ingram, who is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, shed light on what affirmative consent is, what is being done about it at USC and why it should be made a legal standard in all states.
— Read on news.usc.edu/159880/what-is-affirmative-consent-usc-prevent-sexual-violence/

Expelled student facing more rape charges remains jailed

By Anthony Izaguirre | APJune 25 at 6:56 PM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A man who was allowed to remain enrolled at Marshall University despite being accused of raping a student will stay jailed after being expelled amid new sexual assault charges.

A West Virginia circuit court judge on Tuesday ordered that Joseph Chase Hardin remain in custody following his arraignment on the more recent charges that he raped two additional women last year.

All three women Hardin is accused of assaulting watched from the courtroom gallery as he was led in wearing an orange jumpsuit, his hands and feet shackled. A father of one of the women became visibly angry as the sight of Hardin, gritting his teeth and breathing heavily as his face reddened.

Judge Alfred E. Ferguson then read a graphic description of the assaults and asked Hardin if he understood the charges. He responded that he did.

His attorney, Kerry A. Nessel, told the judge that Hardin is innocent and asked for his release.

“He’s languishing in jail for something he did not do,” Nessel said. The judge immediately batted down the request.

FILE-This Friday, June 7, 2019 file booking photo provided by the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority shows Joseph Hardin. Hardin, who was allowed to remain enrolled at Marshall University despite being accused of raping a student, will remain jailed after being expelled amid two new sexual assault charges. A circuit court judge in West Virginia on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 ordered that Joseph Chase Hardin will stay in custody following his arraignment on the more recent charges. (West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority via AP) (Associated Press)

Hardin, 22, was indicted and jailed earlier this month on second-degree sexual assault charges for the alleged rapes in 2018. He had been previously ordered to stay behind bars for violating probation in the earlier case, in which he was accused of raping former Marshall student Alicia Gonzales in her dorm room in February 2016 but was convicted on a lesser charge of battery.

Gonzales, who drove in from Pennsylvania for the court hearing, said she locked eyes with Hardin as he entered the room.

“I just wanted to see him in ‘cuffs and in an orange jumpsuit,” she said. “That’s exactly what I wanted to see. I felt like that would bring me comfort.”

She has filed a federal lawsuit that accuses Marshall of botching Hardin’s disciplinary process and allowing him to stay on campus and taunt her, which led to her leaving the college months after the alleged rape. Read more @

Watch your drinks in wake of drugging incidents at Davis bars – The Aggie

I was looking for articles for awareness on college assaults and just so happened to see this one, young woman be very careful when attending any event and putting your drink down. The Davis Police Department received three reports this past month of women, all of whom are UC Davis students, experiencing abnormal behavior like blackouts after drinking alcoholic beverages that may have been tampered with. While the reports are still under investigation, police believe that these women had drugs placed into their drink while at G Street Wunderbar and Bistro 33.

These reports are a reminder of the dangers of going out as a college student. A 2016 study published in the journal Psychology of Violence found that 7.8% of students from three U.S. universities self-reported that they had been drugged before. About twice as many women report being drugged as men, according to the study.

The common term for these substances placed in drinks without the knowledge of the consumer are date rape drugs. Nearly 11 million women in the U.S. have been raped while drunk, drugged or high, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Common date rape drugs include cocaine, prescription and over-the-counter medication, cannabis and so-called club drugs, such as Rohypnol (otherwise known as roofies), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and ketamine.

In Davis, it’s easy to think of ourselves as in a safe bubble. But living in a college town does not exempt us from the dangers present at bars and parties. It’s important that all students, particularly women and LGBTQIA people who are especially vulnerable to assault and abuse, take precautions and recognize the symptoms of the possible presence of drugs in your system.

Never leave your drink unattended, and if you do, don’t resume drinking it. Only drink what you’ve watched the bartender pour. If you’re at a house party, avoid any type of “jungle juice” because it’s impossible to know what’s been mixed in. And even if you’re out with friends and classmates, it’s important to still be on your guard. “About 85 to 90 percent of sexual assaults reported by college women are perpetrated by someone known to the victim; about half occur on a date,” according to the National Institute of Justice.

Symptoms of possible tampering include nausea, confusion, vomiting, visual problems and blacking out. It’s especially important to recognize these symptoms if you haven’t consumed enough alcohol to warrant these effects.

If you suspect your drink has been tampered with, you should immediately go to the hospital. If so inclined, you can confidentially file a report with the Davis Police Department. If you would rather not report with the police or are just in need of extra support, there are confidential counseling services on campus, like the Center for Advocacy, Resources & Education.

No matter which precautions you did or did not follow, the situation is by no means your fault. While it’s difficult to determine the exact number of people who have had their drinks unknowingly tampered with, 7.8% is still too high. This is a reflection of the pervasive rape culture that students are forced to navigate.

Written by: The Editorial Board
— Read on theaggie.org/2019/05/23/watch-your-drinks-in-wake-of-drugging-incidents-at-davis-bars/