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Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault, Failed by Criminal Justice System, Increasingly Seek Civil Remedies

Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.

Unlike criminal trials, which require the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil trials have a much lower bar, requiring only that a plaintiff persuade a judge or jury that it is more likely than not that the events occurred.

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Activists: The Democratic Party Has a Rahm Emanuel Problem

Many Chicago activists are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign after the long-delayed release of a video showing a police officer killing a Black teenager. Hillary Clinton has not joined the call.

Many Chicago activists are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign after the long-delayed release of a video showing a police officer killing a Black teenager. Hillary Clinton has not joined the call.

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This Week in Sex: Chicago Wears Condoms and Australia Tests a New One

This week is all about condoms: Chicago launches a new condom promotion campaign, Australian researchers test a new condom material, kids take a potentially dangerous condom challenge, and Star Wars condoms cover your "lightsaber."

This week is all about condoms: Chicago launches a new condom promotion campaign, Australian researchers test a new condom material, kids take a potentially dangerous condom challenge, and Star Wars condoms cover your “lightsaber.”

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Transgender Student Maintains Locker Room Access in Illinois District

More than 600 people attended the emergency  board meeting to discuss an agreement that would allow a transgender student to use her gender-identified locker room. (Jenn Stanley/RH Reality Check)

Though the school district and the Department of Education reached a settlement, misunderstanding about the agreement led district officials to threaten to rescind it.

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Six Months of Fury: Attacks on Planned Parenthood See Sharp Increase After Misinformation Campaign

Since the CMP videos came out this summer, numerous Planned Parenthood clinics have been vandalized or subjected to arson, starting with an attack on a health center in the Chicago suburb of Aurora on the morning of July 19.

Since the CMP videos came out this summer, numerous Planned Parenthood clinics have been vandalized or subjected to arson, starting with an attack on a health center in the Chicago suburb of Aurora on the morning of July 19.

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Illinois School District Reaches Controversial Agreement on Transgender Student’s Locker Room Access

The agreement with the Department of Education upholds the school district's controversial policy to allow a transgender student to use the locker room that matches her gender identity, but only if she changes behind a curtain.

The agreement with the Department of Education upholds the school district’s controversial policy to allow a transgender student to use the locker room that matches her gender identity, but only if she changes behind a curtain.

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A Week of Protest and Police Violence

Murders by police and violent attacks on peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters snatched national headlines over the Thanksgiving holiday in a media storm that continues this week.

Murders by police and violent attacks on peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters snatched national headlines over the Thanksgiving holiday in a media storm that continues this week.

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As SCOTUS Steps Into Fight Over Clinic Closure Laws, Another Appeals Court Rules They Should Be Blocked

Monday's decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals made a forceful case to the Roberts Court to block a similar Texas measure under consideration. Let's hope the justices read the opinion.

Monday’s decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals made a forceful case to the Roberts Court to block a similar Texas measure under consideration. Let’s hope the justices read the opinion.

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White Chicago Policeman Charged in Black Teen’s Shooting Death

Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder a day before release of a video showing Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder a day before release of a video showing Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.

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The ‘False Choices’ of the Detention Center Debate

While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has implemented policy changes to avoid detaining asylum seekers for long periods of time, immigrant rights advocates are raising concerns about their methods and the "false choices" the government has forced itself into.

While Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has implemented policy changes to avoid detaining asylum seekers for long periods of time, immigrant rights advocates are raising concerns about their methods and the “false choices” the government has forced itself into.

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