Title IX education campaign reaches fundraising goal

e608b5562a689bf1e5d22527bbaffbebGood news, fellow advocates: The amazing campaign to educate every college student about Title IX by fall 2013 has surpassed its $10,000 fundraising goal, bringing in a total of $11,021.

Know Your IX is an ambitious campaign led by rape culture combatants at universities across the country. This impressive group of gals has now finished the fundraising portion and is planning to launch its educational campaign in August.

At a time when so many colleges are failing to give victims the support/justice they deserve, it’s crucial that students know what legal options they have when they’re backed against the wall by administrators.

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Journalists: Take this free, online training on how to report rape cases

url-3This is awesome: Poynter has a free, online course for journalists wanting to learn more about reporting on sexual assaults.

The “Reporting on Sexual Violence” course costs $29.95 but is being offered for free, thanks to a grant from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As a journalism major and former reporter, I can’t stress enough how important this is — so many times in newsrooms, it seems like both writers and editors have no idea how to tackle the very complex issue of rape.

Poynter gets that. Check out this excerpt from the training:

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Teenagers who gang raped girl at gunpoint will be charged as adults

Three Chicago teenagers who gang raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and then posted video footage on Facebook will be charged as adults, according to the Huffington Post.

The teens — Justin Applewhite, 16, Kenneth Brown, 15, and Scandale Fritz, 16 — each face one count of aggravated criminal sexual assaults and are each being held on $900,000 bond. The grisly details of the rape, which occurred on Dec. 15 in Fritz’ home, can be found in the original Chicago Tribune report.

The day after the assault, the young victim went to the hospital and reported her rape to the police. On Dec. 17, the three assailants shared the video footage on each of their Facebook pages.

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Sexual assault education pilot program to launch at the University of Maryland

url-1This news is a bit old, but good news is so rare in our work that I thought it would be a good place to start. Full disclaimer: I wrote the proposal for this pilot program and worked very closely on it, so take my reporting with a grain of salt.

Starting in fall 2013, about 30 percent of UMD’s freshman class will be required to attend a Violence Intervention Program (VIP) workshop by the university’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program, according to UMD’s student paper, The Diamondback. The 75-minute-long workshop will heavily on bystander intervention, giving students the tools to be positive bystanders and actively fight sexual violence on the campus.

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