Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

1. Why can’t the police just handle sexual assault through the criminal system? Like it or not, colleges have to deal with sexual assault complaints. #UNCIX

DoingRightByOurKids.com co-creator Amy Tiemann, Ph.D. was a member of the 22-person “Title IX Task Force” that spent more than a year working on suggested changes in the way that UNC handles complaints of sexual assault complaints among students. Tiemann was appointed to this Task Force as a representative of the larger Chapel Hill community, where she has lived for 13 years. This is the first in a series of posts about what she learned by being part of this process. #UNCIX In any... Read more

9 things I learned by serving on UNC’s Title IX Task Force #UNCIX

In winter 2013 I was following with great interest the story of activists at UNC making a strong case that the University needed to step up to better serve the needs of students who came forward with reports that they had been sexually assaulted. I had written at the time about the need for the Univerity take decisive action and make a huge step forward in the series of policy changes that we knew that they were contemplating. I probably would have attended many of the upcoming policy... Read more

DRBK’s Amy Tiemann will report soon on what she learned as a member of UNC’s Title IX Task Force on Sexual Assault

Chancellor Carol Folt of the University of North Carolina has just released the new policy on how the school will handle reports of sexual assault among students. I am proud to have served on the UNC Title IX Task Force that spent a year working on revisions to recommend to the Chancellor. We underwent a rigorous collaborative process bringing together a group of 22 people representing many different perspectives on UNC. I served as the representative of the larger Chapel Hill community. We... Read more

Addressing the conflict within self-defense: how to empower without blaming victims

There is an inherent tension in self-defense instruction: how can we teach students skills to help them stay safe, and teach them in a way that does not blame them if they ever are attacked? This is an ongoing issue that we should keep our eyes on in any program, as a teacher, student or community member. There is no one good set of answers, or one solution that will fit each person or situation. This conversation exploded online recently after Emily Yoffe of Slate wrote an article headlined:... Read more

Sexual assault in the military: still a national disgrace

The issue of sexual assault in the military is a national disgrace, and today the news spotlight is shining on this issue. The Pentagon is preparing to release an annual report about sexual misconduct in the military, which tells the results of a survey of military personnel that found that incidences of “unwanted sexual contact” were up by 33% in the past two years, from 19,300 to 26,000 now. Whether this increase can be in any way attributed to an increase in reporting, rather... Read more

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