Senator Blackburn and Colleagues React to the Senate’s Passage of the Bipartisan ‘Speak Out Act’

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is speaking out with colleagues after the U.S. Senate recently passed Speak Out Act (SCA) last week.

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Governor Ducey Signs Legislation Protecting Victims of Sexual Assault Who Undergo Medical or Forensic Examination Related to the Crime

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that “ensures victims of a sexual crime are not charged for any part of the medical or forensic examination related to the crime,” according to a press release by Ducey’s office.

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Michigan High School Administrator Charged in Alleged Sex Abuse of Student

News that a Michigan high school administrator has been charged in the alleged sexual assault of a student was revealed Friday. 

Michele Rae Erb, 45, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a student and using a computer to commit a crime. She worked for Lakewood Public Schools (LPS) in Barry County. 

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Afghan Refugee Featured in Wisconsin News Reports Charged with Sexual Assault

A recently resettled Afghan refugee who was featured on a news broadcast when he arrived in the United States has been arrested and charged for an alleged sexual assault. 

Police want Matiullah Matie to be charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, according to WSAW. 

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‘Enormous Misunderstanding’: Peng Shuai Backtracks Sexual Assault Allegation in Controlled Interview

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai walked back her allegations of sexual assault against a former top official, calling it an “enormous misunderstanding” during a controlled interview on Monday with French newspaper L’Equipe.

“Sexual assault? I never said that anyone made me submit to a sexual assault,” Peng said in the interview with L’Equipe, delivered in front of a Chinese Olympic official, who translated her comments from Chinese, the AP reported. Interview questions were reportedly submitted in advance, and the format of the interview did not appear to permit follow-up questions.

“This post resulted in an enormous misunderstanding from the outside world,” Peng told L’Equipe, the AP reported. “My wish is that the meaning of this post no longer be skewed.”

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Student Visa Recipient Charged with Rape, Burglary at Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University campus

A student at Grand Canyon University (GCU), allowed into the United States on a student visa, has been charged with sexual assault and burglary stemming from a Saturday evening encounter with a female student in her dorm room.

“Police said Gabriel Teixeria Lima Ara, 21, was hanging out with a small group of people inside a dorm room at GCU on Saturday evening,” according to KNXV.

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Loudoun County Sheriff Rejected School Superintendent’s ‘Extraordinary’ Security Requests for School Board Meetings

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Recently-unearthed documents revealed a disagreement between the superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), after the former requested increased security measures from the latter in order to combat protesting parents at school board meetings, the Daily Caller reports.

The correspondence was revealed by a public records request from the Fight for School PAC. Documents show that superintendent Scott Ziegler’s requests included an increased presence of officers, a K-9 sweep of the meeting venue, and undercover officers in the crowd, among other measures, all of which were rejected by LCSO as excessive.

The LCSO even went so far as to disagree with Ziegler changing the rules for the school board meeting, including the decision to shut down the public comment section of a meeting that took place on June 22nd; LCSO told Ziegler that measures such as this amounted to silencing political opposition.

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Youngkin Calls for Investigation of Loudoun County School Board over Sexual Assault Cover-Up

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin called for an “immediate investigation” of the Loudoun County School Board for “gross negligence” in allegedly covering up sexual assault.

The GOP candidate said on Tuesday evening that the school board covered up two cases of juvenile sexual assault. The family of one of the victims has announced that they are suing the school district.

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Several Women Sue Eastern Michigan University over Sexual Assaults

Eastern Michigan University

Less than two weeks after a woman was found unresponsive in a dormitory after allegedly being raped by several men, four former students at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) are suing the school. 

The women were assaulted years ago, but decided to bring suit after the latest case of sexual assault on campus. They claim that the school isn’t doing enough to combat predatory behavior. 

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Biden’s Education Department Won’t Enforce a Key Due Process Protection for Students Accused of Sexual Assault

The Department of Education announced it would stop enforcing a Trump administration rule designed to protect those accused of sexual assault on college campuses.

A district court in Massachusetts upheld most of the Title IX 2020 amendments in a July ruling, maintaining new regulations related to public institutions managing allegations of harassment, assault, violence, and more. Although, the court struck down one procedural regulation related to what evidence a “Decision-Maker,” or the employee who is designated to adjudicate the case, may consider in making rulings.

Following the court ruling and a letter from the Department of Education on Tuesday, the chosen adjudicator can now consider emails and texts between the parties and witnesses, police reports and medical reports, regardless of cross-examination status at the live hearing.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Makes Controversial Rape Decision

The Minnesota Supreme Court earlier this week made a controversial ruling on a case involving a convicted rapist, ordering a new trial on the grounds that the woman involved in the incident voluntarily intoxicated herself prior to the sexual encounter. 

Francois Khalil was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim who was impaired in 2019, stemming from an incident in 2017. The woman involved in the case said the two had been partying when she blacked out, and woke up to Khalil raping her. He was sentenced to five years in prison by a jury in Hennepin County. 

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Current Staffer Becomes Eighth Woman to Accuse Cuomo of Inappropriate Behavior

A new accuser has come forward in the ongoing sexual harassment scandal tied to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Friday, a current staffer came forward with a series of allegations against the leader facing numerous calls to resign over similar accusations.

Alyssa McGrath told The New York Times that the governor gawked at her body and commented on her appearance. In another instance, she claimed Cuomo “gazed down her shirt.”

She becomes the second current aide to accuse Cuomo of harassing behavior. Last week, the Albany Times Union reported an unnamed individual filed a complaint that the governor grabbed her in the executive mansion last year.

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Ohio AG Announces New Cold Case Unit

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced in a press release Friday the formation of a new cold case unit.

Yost said in the release “we can make a difference, even when years have passed since a murder or sexual assault,” and told citizens to “consider how DNA testing advances have unmasked, time and time again, violent criminals who got away with living among us for too long.”

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Kamala Harris Told Jacob Blake, Who Is Accused of Sexual Assault, She’s Proud of Him

Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris told Jacob Blake Sunday that she is “proud of him,” his attorney said, though she did not address allegations of sexual assault leveled against Blake.

Harris, who is 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, visited with Blake at Wisconsin’s Froedtert Hospital Sunday while his family joined with them over the phone, according to a press statement released by Blake’s attorney Ben Crump.

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Crom Carmichael Gives His Opinion on the Latest Developments in Joe Biden’s Alleged Sexual Assault Accusations

On Tuesday’s Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy and all-star panelist Crom Carmichael discussed the latest on Joe Biden’s alleged sexual assault accusations.

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn Denounces ‘Incomprehensible’ Claims of Sexual Assault Against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Tuesday spoke on the Senate floor about the latest unfounded and “incomprehensible” claims of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Sexual Assault Accusation Against Virginia Lt. Gov. Draws Comparison to Kavanaugh Claims

by Peter Hasson   The uncorroborated sexual assault allegation against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat, has drawn comparisons to the uncorroborated allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Fairfax issued a statement early Monday morning disputing a report by the right-wing blog Big League Politics, which linked Fairfax…

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Franken Will Not Resign, Is ‘Doing A Lot Of Reflecting’

Democratic Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is not planning to resign amid allegations he groped and made unwanted sexual advances towards news anchor Leeann Tweeden. A spokesman for Franken told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Saturday that the senator was not going to resign, but the sexual assault claims have made him…

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