In defining consent, there’s a gap between the law, culture

U.S. 05/20/19, 16:41

It may sound simple: You either consent to sexual activity or you don't.But just what constitutes an expression of consent is a hotly debated topic in the justice system and in society at large. And while there's been a gradual cultural trend, especially on university campuses, toward a standard of ...

Amid #MeToo, states debate teaching consent to kids

U.S. 05/19/19, 23:05

Inside a Catholic school in Portland, Oregon, high school sophomores break into groups to discuss some once-taboo topics: abusive relationships and consent.At one desk, a girl with banana-colored fingernails begins jotting down some of the hallmarks of abuse: Physically hurting you, verbally abusive, can be one-sided. She pauses to seek ...

Lawmakers target spouses who drug, rape their partners

U.S. 05/04/19, 06:51

Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex.Three and a half centuries later, vestiges ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

World 05/03/19, 04:53

For three years, Chen Chun has published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media.More recently, the writer in southern China has focused on the country's growing #MeToo movement. He drew attention to several sexual ...

Women cleared of defamation in French sexual misconduct case

Europe 04/19/19, 08:28

A French court cleared of defamation charges six women who accused a former French lawmaker of sexual misconduct and the journalists who reported the allegations.The court ordered Friday the former lawmaker, Denis Baupin, to pay 1,000 euros ($1,120) in damages to each of the 12 persons he sued.In May 2016, ...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

New York 03/17/19, 23:05

The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar of comforting objects: A string of Christmas lights, ...

Donors team up to expand #MeToo’s impact in the workplace

U.S. 03/14/19, 11:41

In an unusual team effort to broaden the #MeToo movement, a group of prominent U.S. foundations is launching a new fund aimed at combating sexual violence and harassment in the workplace.In addition to the foundations' contributions, some funds are coming from CBS — money initially set aside as an exit ...

Inspired by #MeToo, Serbian woman speaks out and fights back

Europe 03/07/19, 05:41

It started at the job interview when Marija Lukic's boss locked the office door and tried to kiss her. He later promised it won't happen again. But it did, over and over, until she decided it has to stop.In the two years she worked as a secretary of the top ...

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ makers, others react to charges

Entertainment 02/22/19, 18:56

Reaction to R. Kelly being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse:___"Today, an unrepentant R. Kelly will have to account for the harm he committed against a number of survivors. This is due to the hard work of the activists and movement builders who have been fighting to tell ...

Politician’s accuser speaks about issue of sexual assault

U.S. 02/13/19, 02:29

A college professor avoided talking directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her, but she wasn't shy about publicly discussing her research and thoughts on the growing number of women reporting abuse."One thing that I notice about sexual violence is that a lot of people would like ...

Virginia politician’s accuser on Stanford sex assault panel

U.S. 02/12/19, 18:41

A college professor who has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual assault will appear Tuesday at a long-planned Stanford University academic symposium on that topic. Stanford officials said she won't discuss the incident during the sold-out event at the school's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Vanessa Tyson was ...

Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials

U.S. 02/12/19, 12:51

Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions. At least six other statewide elected officials have faced allegations of sexual ...

France: Witnesses back women in post-MeToo defamation trial

Europe 02/07/19, 09:52

Former officials of France's Green Party say they should have acted earlier on reports of sexual misconduct by an ex-lawmaker accused by six women of harassment and abuse.The ex-politicians were testifying Thursday at a Paris trial prompted by Denis Baupin, a former Green Party politician and Paris city official who ...

French women put on defense in post-#MeToo defamation trial

Europe 02/03/19, 11:30

A former French lawmaker's defamation lawsuit against six women who accused him of sexual misconduct and four journalists who reported the allegations is going to trial in what some fear illustrates a backlash against the #MeToo movement.In May 2016, investigative news website Mediapart and radio station France Inter published and ...

A new year in legislatures brings same story on harassment

Politics 02/02/19, 10:04

Complaints of sexual misconduct are continuing to mount in state legislatures as the 2019 sessions begin and lawmakers consider whether to add safeguards against harassment. Claims in a handful of states make it clear that the #MeToo movement was not a one-year phenomenon in many state capitols. Some states are taking their ...

Former South Korean governor convicted of sexual abuse

Asia & Pacific 02/01/19, 04:10

A South Korean appeals court sentenced a former provincial governor to 3½ years in prison on Friday on charges of sexually abusing his secretary, in the highest profile conviction yet from investigations triggered by the country's growing #MeToo movement. A Seoul High Court official said Ahn Hee-jung was found guilty on ...

France defends women’s rights as conductor to return onstage

Entertainment 01/31/19, 09:44

A senior French government official is defending France's feminist credentials after the announcement that a renowned conductor accused of sexual assault is taking the stage in Paris.Marlene Schiappa, the secretary of state for women's rights, acknowledged Thursday that sexism is "very deeply anchored in our society" and France has seen ...

Georgia Senate weakens internal harassment investigations

U.S. 01/15/19, 21:59

As one of his first acts after being sworn in as Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp issued an executive order Monday strengthening and standardizing sexual harassment reporting processes across state agencies and implementing mandatory sexual harassment training for agency employees.That same day, the state Senate changed its rules by placing ...

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