False college rape case set for trial

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'A former Sacred Heart University student, accused of making up rape allegations against two football players, is heading for trial on June 18.

“We are ready to go forward,” Stamford lawyer Ryan O’Neill, who represents the now 20-year-old Nikki Yovino, said Tuesday.

Ryan and state prosecutors Tatiana Messina and Emily Trudeau met for more than an hour with Superior Court Judge William Holden to set a trial schedule while Yovino paced the lobby of the Golden Hill Street courthouse.

Ryan said later that jury selection in the case is set to begin on June 4.

Yovino, who left Sacred Heart and now works in real estate on Long Island, is charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. If convicted of the charges, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor, she could face up to six years in prison.'

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Connecticut Senate adopts bills to safeguard domestic violence victims, incarcerated women

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'The Senate unanimously approved a bill late Tuesday to reduce instances when victims of domestic violence are arrested alongside their attackers.

The chamber also unanimously adopted a second measure that mandates a broad array of changes to the treatment of incarcerated women, particularly those who are pregnant.

Both bills now head to the House of Representatives.

The domestic violence measure would implement a broad strategy to reverse a longstanding philosophy of “dual arrests” effectively imposed on police departments by existing law, said Sen. Paul Doyle of Wethersfield, Senate Democratic chair of the Judiciary Committee.

In effect, police officers currently are encouraged in many instances to arrest both parties in a domestic violence incident. The bill, which was developed with bipartisan support, would direct officers to try to establish if there was a “dominant aggressor” in an incident, and if so, arrest only that person.'

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UK: Woman stabbed boyfriend during sex after telling him men should only be used for 'human sacrifice'

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'A young mother has been jailed for 11 years for stabbing her occasional boyfriend as they has sexual intercourse after texting him to say men should only be used as "human sacrifice".

Zoe Adams, 19, has dressed up as a clown and put a pillow over Kieran Bewick's head to make their encounter more exhilarating on July 29 last year, Carlisle Crown Court heard. 

In what she described as an "overreaction", she whispered, "Trust me", to the then 17-year-old Bewick before stabbing him five times in the chest, arm and thigh with a 10-inch knife, collapsing his lung.'

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Boy Scouts Plan Name Change as Girls Join Its Ranks

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'For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change.

The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its Boy Scouts program: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February.

Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many possibilities were considered during lengthy and "incredibly fun" deliberations before the new name was chosen.

"We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward," he said. "We're trying to find the right way to say we're here for both young men and young women."'

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We shouldn’t blame toxic masculinity for Toronto’s van attack

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'Over the past few days, the word “incel” has found its way into the mainstream vernacular as the result of Toronto’s devastating van attack making international headlines. On Tuesday, Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder, with an additional charge to come. As the worst mass killing in Canadian history in almost 30 years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it “a senseless attack and a horrific tragedy.”

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Fraternity Changes Cancer Charity Event After Claims of Sexism and Elitism

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'In response to negative feedback from sororities about the sexism and elitism that occurred during earlier Derby Days, the Cornell chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity made efforts to improve this year’s event with a series of reforms, including the elimination of a controversial brotherhood auction.

Derby Days is an event hosted annually by Sigma Chi chapters nationwide to raise money for the fraternity’s philanthropy, the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This year’s event will take place from April 29 to May 4.

A member of a sorority — who asked to maintain anonymity since she felt uncomfortable being identified — told The Sun that she found Derby Days “disrespectful” in general when she attended the brotherhood auction event in 2015. The auction was a talent show in which girls would bid on the brothers based on their talents.'

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University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as a 'Mental Health' Issue

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'The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”

Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”

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Canada: Steve Paikin vindicated on misconduct accusation, but what a price he paid

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'If the conviction of Bill Cosby of sexual assault this week put wind beneath the tired wings of #MeToo, the vindication of veteran Ontario broadcaster Steve Paikin was the force that added drag.

Even putting those two names in the same paragraph is an injustice to Paikin, a man so proper that even the independent investigator who has cleared him of any wrongdoing, lawyer Rachel Turnpenny, took notice of it.

In a single line of her 27-page report released Friday, she wrote, “There was also credible evidence provided to the investigator that Paikin is uncomfortable talking about sexual subjects in a public manner.”

Yet his accuser, the multiple-times unsuccessful Toronto political candidate Sarah Thomson, would have had the world believe that within five minutes of sitting down to lunch in a crowded uptown restaurant named Grano, in the presence of her assistant, a man he had never met, Paikin baldly asked Thomson to sleep with him.'

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UK: Woman jailed after outrageous false gang rape accusations

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'A stalker tried to 'destroy' a care worker by making false gang rape allegations because she had been left out of a trip to the zoo, a court heard.

Emily-Jane Bridges, 37, harassed Sandra Killion for ten months after she receiving a suspended sentence and restraining order for stalking.

She was incensed because there was not space on a trip to the London Zoo with the Havering Learning Disability Society, which Bridges had attended since 2005.

Bridges blamed Mrs Killion, who is chair of the society based in Romford, east London.

Between February 20 and April 21, Bridges made a series of historic rape allegations against her to police, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

She claimed that Mrs Killion, her husband, step-son and four other men raped her 'twice a day, seven days a week, for 18 years'.'

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Tucker Carlson warns about "toxic femininity" after YouTube shooting

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'TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): Now, let's pause for a moment, and pretend this is not the 8 P.M. show on Fox News. Let's pretend it's somewhere else on the dial, maybe CNN or MSNBC, or actually, any other cable channel or newspaper in America. If that were true, by definition, we'd have to draw hard and fast conclusions from this tragedy, using the limited fact set available.

We don't really know much at this stage, but sweeping dumb generalizations are what the media do, so we would do that, and of course, we would need a very specific script in order to make those generalizations. So, what do we conclude from what happened yesterday?

Well, first off, the shooter was a woman. She was female, so clearly America has a problem with toxic femininity, and we'd need to address that crisis right away, starting with more university panels shaming an entire gender. Somebody alert the H.R. department to this.'

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Declining male enrollment must be addressed, college VP says

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'As the number of women enrolling in college increases, the number of males enrolling continues to decline, a topic that needs to be addressed, Weatherford College Vice President of Instruction Michael Endy said.

“We don’t want that to stop,” Endy said of the female enrollment trend.

Workforce education and other technically-based employment have traditionally served as primary outlets for those not interested in getting an academic degree, but those jobs are now being threatened by overseas competition and automation, Endy said.

“The tradition of males working in a healthy economy, males have employment opportunities therefore overall they have no need for higher education,” Endy said of what the economy has traditionally been.'

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Tom Brokaw Accused of Sexual Harassment By Former NBC Anchor

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'Linda Vester had a reputation for covering tough stories. As a war correspondent for NBC News in the ’90s, she spent three tours of duty in the Middle East and took two assignments in Africa.

But as it turned out, her biggest battle at work wasn’t in the field. She says it was as a victim of sexual harassment by Tom Brokaw, the legendary newsman who manned the anchor desk for “NBC Nightly News” for 22 years and hosted “Today” and “Meet the Press.”

In a series of interviews with Variety conducted over several months, Vester alleged that Brokaw physically tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed up at her hotel room uninvited. Two friends who Vester told at the time corroborated her story with Variety, and she shared her journal entries from the time period. Brokaw, who has been married to Meredith Auld since 1962, has never before been publicly accused of sexual harassment.

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Ex-girlfriend of 49ers' Reuben Foster recants domestic violence claims

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'San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster's former girlfriend released a statement Wednesday saying she initially lied to police about him injuring her in a February incident at his home in Los Gatos, California.

The statement from San Jose attorney Stephanie Rickard, who identified her client in the statement as 28-year-old Elissa Ennis, said Ennis suffered her injuries as the result of a fight with another woman and there is video documentation of that fight.

"[Foster] did not strike her, injure her or threaten her," Rickard said.

According to the statement, Foster attempted to end their relationship after learning of the fight between Ennis and another woman.

"She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her, she would 'trash his career,'" Rickard said.'

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False accusation can damage reputations

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'Some argue that we are creating a new paradigm for 'innocent until proven guilty’ in sexual assault and rape culture.

Others argue that false accusations, often also labeled as unfounded or unsubstantiated, are so rare that they need not be a cause for concern as their overemphasis undermines real reports.

In a Symposium on False Allegations of Rape, David Lisak, Lori Gardinier, Sarah C. Nicksa and Ashley M. Cote authored a study titled ‘False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Ten Years of Reported Cases,’ in which they gathered statistics on “one of the most controversial disputes affecting the discourse related to violence against women… the dispute about the frequency of false allegations of sexual assault.”

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Gender Discrimination? Men Are Suing Women For Not Letting Them Into Women-Only Events

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'In August 2017, Mandy organized what she said was a great, successful event. The event was advertised as "A Girls' Night Out Dance Party" at the SpringHill Suites in Oceanside, open to "ladies 21 and over" and Rodriguez said it sold out five weeks in advance. 

“It was the opportunity to bring some women together to network and just do something a little bit different and fun,” she told NBC7 Investigates.

Six weeks later, Mandy said she was shocked when she and the hotel were sued, accused of being sexist towards men.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Steve Frye, a man Mandy said she had never heard of before. Frye did not respond to NBC7 Investigates’ request for comment.

According to court documents, Frye tried to enter Mandy's "Girls’ Night Out Dance Party" but was told at the door that he "could not attend." NBC7 Investigates found Frye has filed 26 lawsuits in Southern California for discrimination.

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