If there’s a conversation taking place about the prevalence of campus sexual assault in the United States, the statistic “one in five” is usually thrown around. For many it’s a number that has helped galvanize a movement. But many question just how accurate the figure is. Continue reading
While the estimated number of cases of sexual assault are down 25 percent from two years ago, actual reports of assault have increased 8 percent in the past year. Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said the findings are both a sign of progress and a need for greater reform. Hari Sreenivasan reports on continuing concern over retaliation for and how lawmakers are responding. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The number of sexual assaults reported by military service members rose again this year, with an increase of 8 percent, officials told The Associated Press.
A story in Rolling Stone details the gang rape of an 18-year-old student by seven men at a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. Journalist Sabrina Erdely says that the young woman reported the assault to the administration but nothing was done. Erdely joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the prevalence of campus sexual assault and why the victim was discouraged from speaking out. Continue reading
NBC scrapped development of a new Bill Cosby show, Netflix postponed the release of a new comedy special and TV land canceled his reruns in light of new and renewed accusations by five women that the comedian sexually assaulted them. Sharon Waxman of The Wrap joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the allegations and the power of social media in driving this media firestorm. Continue reading
California recently passed an affirmative consent law, meaning that consensual sex requires a clear “yes” from both parties on college campuses. But some have challenged the practicality of the policy. Hari Sreenivasan moderates a debate between Jaclyn Friedman of “Yes Means Yes” and Shikha Dalmia of the Reason Foundation. Continue reading
At Sayreville War Memorial High in New Jersey, seven players from the school’s revered football program were arrested for attacking younger teammates in the team’s locker room. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the charges of sexual assault and “pervasive” bullying from Kate Zernike of The New York Times. Continue reading
The Islamic State has gained notoriety for their beheadings and mass executions, but the group has also abducted thousands of women to make into sex slaves. A former female captive shares her story with the NewsHour, plus Gwen Ifill talks to Manal Omar of the United States Institute of Peace and David Jacobson of the University of South Florida about the exploitation of women by the Islamic State. Continue reading