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US Congress policy on sexual harassment protects harassers, not victims

#MeToo reaches all the way to Capitol Hill. CNN states bluntly, “Congress has a sexual harassment problem.” Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices — they can be trouble. Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators, late-night meetings or events where alcohol is flowing. And think twice before speaking out about sexual harassment from a boss — it could cost you your career. These are a few of the unwritten rules that... Read more

Mass shooting in Sutherland Springs Texas is a Failure of Safety at All Levels

After the mass shootings in Las Vegas last month, and at the church in Sutherland Springs Texas this week, I was feeling totally numb. Then yesterday I received an email message from psychologist Ruth Buczynski that said that feeling paralyzed and powerless are hallmark signs of trauma, and I realized, that’s me, right now. So I decided to work past the paralysis and look at what we know about this latest shooting. In “Doing Right by Our Kids” we develop a model of protecting... Read more

Campus sexual assault: brief thoughts before I read “The College Rape Overcorrection”

I am about to read Emily Yoffe’s 11,000 word Slate.com article, “The College Rape Overcorrection.” In the past I have read what she has written about young women’s alcohol use on campus, and heard her speak on The Diane Rehm Show yesterday in the program about the Rolling Stone/UVa article backlash. I am a fan of Yoffe’s Dear Prudence advice column and I agree with her on many issues, but based on what I have heard so far, I am concerned about her stance on the... Read more

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

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