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How a Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Bill Became Anti-Worker and Anti-Survivor

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies.

The seemingly non-controversial bill got derailed earlier this month when state legislators approved an amendment preventing local governments from passing new work leave policies, which could threaten the livelihood of survivors of domestic violence, crime, or abuse.

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When a Fair Trial Isn’t: Violations of Victims’ Privacy in the Legal System

The Dwyer protocol is meant to protect a defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial by allowing him or her to uncover exculpatory evidence that could impeach a victim’s credibility—such as a victim’s therapy or medical records.

The Dwyer protocol is meant to protect a defendant’s constitutional right to a fair trial by allowing him or her to uncover exculpatory evidence that could impeach a victim’s credibility—such as a victim’s therapy or medical records. The result is that perpetrators get their privacy, while survivors are often robbed of theirs.

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Former Gosnell Employee Sherry West Sentenced

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

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On Prosecutors Having Survivors of Assault Arrested: It’s Not a Zero-Sum Game

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A recent Slate piece argued that coercing testimony from survivors of violence means more victims testifying, which means more offenders jailed, which means less DV and sexual assault. However, this position is, as it turns out, largely nonexistent in the real world.

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Agreement Reached on Debate for Military Sexual Assault Measure

At a hearing that featured the searing testimony of survivors of sexual assault in the military, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told RH Reality Check that her proposal to remove the prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command would see debate on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.

At a hearing that featured the searing testimony of survivors of sexual assault in the military, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told RH Reality Check that her proposal to remove the prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command would see debate on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.

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Title IX, Clery Complaints Filed Against UC Berkeley by Current, Former Students

View from Memorial Glade of Sather Tower (The Campanile), the center of UC Berkeley.

The students, all female survivors of sexual assault and harassment while attending UC Berkeley, allege that the university administration failed to properly respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus.

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It’s Time to Rethink Black History Month

Rosa Parks (above on right) did not simply sit on a bus, she also fought long and hard against a rape culture that left the sexual assault of young black women around the country.

What is often lost in Black History Month are the contributions of Black women and the present-day concerns of all Black people in the United States.

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Vote on Sexual Assault Measures Thwarted in Senate

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

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Legal Wrap: Two Very Different Reminders of Why Courts Matter

From Michael Dunn's acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

From Michael Dunn’s acquittal in the murder of Jordan Davis to a pending nominee to the federal bench, now more than ever our courts matter.

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Gosnell Clinic Employee Sentenced to Six to 12 Years

On Wednesday, Steven Massof (above) was sentenced to six to 12 years for his role in the "house of horrors."

For five years, Steven Massof worked with Kermit Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic. On Wednesday, Massof was sentenced to six to 12 years for his role in the “house of horrors.”

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