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'A woman charged with making a false rape report at the Wild Country nightclub in Collinsville will not have to serve any jail time but was fined and ordered to pay restitution.

Lisa Soest, 22, of Imperial, Mo., had been charged with two felonies — disorderly conduct and obstructing justice — in connection with the rape report she made in February 2016.

As part of a plea bargain, the obstruction charge was dismissed and the disorderly conduct charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.

Soest had reported that she was raped in the parking lot of the Wild Country nightclub in Collinsville on Feb. 4, 2016. However, after several days of investigation police determined her report to be a false claim.

She was placed under court supervision for one year. If she stays out of trouble during her supervision, she will not have a conviction. She also was fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $650 in restitution. It wasn’t immediately clear who would receive the restitution.'

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'A 2015 Yale University graduate has sued the university, claiming school officials reprimanded him when he mentioned rape in a philosophy paper and that the incident influenced Yale’s response when two women falsely accused him of sexual misconduct.

A lawsuit filed in February by “John Doe” claims that, because he is male, he was denied his due process rights under Title IX of the federal Education Amendments of 1972 and the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit cites numerous incidents in which Doe was allegedly harassed and rebuked by officials with Yale’s University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct and by chaplains in a Yale-affiliated religious center.

The suit names Yale University and two officials who are charged with handling reports of sexual misconduct: David Post, chairman or acting chairman of the University-Wide Committee; and Jason Killheffer, a senior Title IX coordinator.

Doe’s attorney, Susan Kaplan of the Kaplan Law Firm in New York City, called the Title IX complaint “novel” because, she said, Doe not only was wrongfully accused of sexual misconduct, but was subject to “pretty severe and ongoing harassment” that made Yale’s campus a “hostile environment.”'

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'While OCR claimed the letter was merely “guidance,” it carried with it the threat of a loss of federal funding for failing to comply. In the years after the guidance was issued, OCR opened more than 300 investigations into schools alleged to have violated Title IX by not adequately responding to accusations of sexual assault. In every investigation conducted by OCR, some violation of Title IX has been found, even if the findings are inconsistent with each other.

For example, in one finding, even OCR determined it was more likely than not that the accused student hadn’t committed sexual assault, but found the school in violation of Title IX because it did not immediately open an investigation (because the accuser didn’t want one) and because the school didn’t find the accused to be “not responsible” fast enough.

Schools, predictably, sign on to change their policies (often further reducing the due process rights of accused students) in order to satiate OCR and avoid losing federal funding.'

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'Salary data provided by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s office to outlets such as the Huffington Post paint a misleading picture of employment in the Massachusetts Democratic senator’s office and fail to disprove the fact reported Tuesday that Warren paid men significantly more than women in 2016.

Warren’s office failed to respond to numerous emails from the Washington Free Beacon for the Tuesday report, which found that the median salary for men that worked for Warren in 2016 was $21,000 higher than the median salary for women.

Instead it reached out to the Huffington Post, a liberal publication owned by telecom giant Verizon, which on Wednesday published an article titled "No, Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Pay Women Less Than Men" that said the Free Beacon "misleadingly accused" the Massachusetts senator of gender pay inequality by using "incomplete data."'

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'Bills relating to campus sexual assault in Maryland and Georgia have moved forward after previously appearing to have stalled in each state’s legislature.

In Maryland, a bill that would require K-12 students be taught the policy of affirmative consent during sexual education classes received an “unfavorable report” from the state’s House Ways and Means committee and was subsequently withdrawn.

The Maryland victory was short-lived, however. A separate bill, HB 1560 that requires children as young as 10 receive affirmative consent training passed the Maryland House of Representatives in mid-March.

Affirmative consent effectively turns sex into a contractual rather than passionate or romantic act, requiring each person involved in sexual activity to continuously ask for permission to engage in heightened levels of activity throughout the event. Affirmative consent does not prohibit non-verbal communication, but as it can often be ambiguous (and later reinterpreted), it puts people at greater risk of an accusation if they don’t rely on verbal communication.'

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'For the second time in a month, a Calgary showing of a documentary chronicling a feminist’s change of heart has been scrubbed.

The latest cancellation is Tuesday’s screening of The Red Pill and discussion arranged by the group Fathers Rights Alberta at Plaza Theatre.

Plaza manager Logan Cameron said the decision was made after they were bombarded with complaints by people who contend the film champions misogyny.

“There were just numerous complaints — calls, social media, emails,” said Cameron.

But he said the backlash over the move to cancel the private, free-admission event has proven even more harsh.

“It seems to be greater than the protest for running it. … It’s a lose-lose situation right now,” he said.'

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'The ride sharing service Uber has reportedly banned a passenger for life after she became irate at her driver and threatened to call the police and falsely accuse the driver with rape, the company says.

The New York Post placed portions of the dash-cam footage of the insane incident online earlier this week and it shows the female passenger angrily berating the male driver for several minutes. She was apparently upset that he did not have an iPhone charger available for her use.

The driver appears to remain calm and eventually informs the passenger he will terminate the ride immediately, unless she calms down.

That just sets her off more and she refuses to leave the vehicle unless he calls the cops. The driver then asks, again, if she will calm down and she threatens to spit in his face and refers to where she is from, presumably to impress upon the driver how tough she is.'

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'Two different Ontario Superior Court judges have found that Rob. R., an Oshawa-area father of two, is in effect the proverbial stone from which no more blood can be drawn after and Ontario father complained that he was paying twice his after-tax monthly income to his ex-wife.

Judge Paul Nicholson, in a Nov. 28, 2016 decision, wrote that Rob is “currently suffering dire financial circumstances” and “appears to have been suffering financially for some time.”

Rob had been seeking “a motion to change” a punishing original support order that requires him to pay twice his after-tax monthly income. His ex promptly brought a motion for summary judgment, which requires the judge to find there’s no real issue for trial and which can be dismissed from the bench.
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“The imputed income as it is used to determine support is no longer accurate as it no longer reflects the applicant’s (Rob’s) financial reality,” Ferguson said in her June 20, 2013 decision, dismissing his ex’s efforts for summary judgment.'

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'Today marks six years to the day since the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights released the infamous "Dear Colleague" letter obligating universities to investigate sexual assault and harassment.

The letter that launched the recent phase of fact-free investigatory proceedings and one-sided tribunals was just 19 pages long. It began with the assertion that sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment and is therefore prohibited by Title IX, which mandates gender equality at educational institutions that receive federal funding. In its letter, OCR also asserted that the sexual violence problem on college campuses was out of control, as evidenced by the 1-in-5 statistic.
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We know, of course, that the 1-in-5 statistic is misleading at best: while many women admit to experiencing nonconsensual contact at colleges, they don't see themselves as rape victims and very few are subjected to forced sex. But even if the sexual assault problem on campus was as severe as OCR claims, this would not justify any reduction of due process protections.'

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'With the Trump administration reportedly debating whether to reverse Obama administration guidance on how colleges should investigate sexual assault, a group of trial lawyers has released a report suggesting the current processes on many campuses are unfairly slanted against the accused.

The guidance, issued in a 2011 Dear Colleague letter, was meant to clarify areas of the law, the administration said at the time. It beefed up protections for victims of sexual assault and was a way to push colleges to more thoroughly respond to complaints. Such guidance does not carry the force of law, but it did contain a threat that colleges’ federal funding could be revoked should they fail to comply.

The American College of Trial Lawyers, in a report last month, said this prospective loss of funding, combined with heavy media attention on cases of sexual assault, has resulted in colleges sometimes disregarding the rights of those accused and on occasion recklessly siding with someone making a complaint to avoid backlash.'

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'To raise awareness of the pay gap and how reducing it can improve the economy and quality of life, LeanIn.org is creating a one-day campaign called #20percentcounts.

More than 300 businesses in 25 cities will offer 20-percent discounts to women (and men as well), according to a press release.

The complete list can be found at LeanIn.org. Participants include major companies like Lyft, Procter & Gamble and Salesforce.

LeanIn.org founder Sheryl Sandberg, who also is Facebook COO, said the campaign’s goal is demonstrating how equal pay “is essential to the goal of gender equality.”

“This issue speaks to how we value women’s labor, knowledge, time, training, and so much more,” Sandberg said in a statement. “In short, it’s about women’s worth. There’s nothing more fundamental than that.”'

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'The March for Science is having a tough time deciding whether the march should focus on “diversity and inclusion” or health and climate policy.

They were supposed to have gotten their internal issues under control, but this week a new fight broke out over whether Bill Nye the Science Guy, the former children’s television host who considers himself the leader of the “pro-science movement” should lead the protest. The problem? Nye is a “white male.”

Nye, who is not, in fact, a scientist, except on television (he’s an engineer by trade), was slated to be the March’s chair, and an announcement was made last week. But organizers quickly panicked that having Nye at the forefront of the event meant they might be substantiating the idea that scientists are only old white men.

Again, Nye actually isn’t a scientist, but whatever.'

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'Kipnis, who is 60, is a well-known liberal feminist and cultural thinker, tough and rather funny, whose tone on the page – she writes quite a lot of journalism – suggests an eyebrow permanently raised.
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Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus, which gathers all that she learned about this netherworld together, is a slim but caustic volume the imminent publication of which, Kipnis believes, is likely to test the limits of what can and can’t be said about the current situation in many, if not most, American universities – though in fact the reckoning has already begun.
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Sex – that muddled, confusing thing – is, on American campuses, now more strongly associated with hazard than with freedom, which is something she regrets.
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In the end, of course, sexual paranoia on campus is to be feared mostly for its deleterious effect on intellectual life. “This will only lead to the decline of the university,” says Kipnis. “And I feel a bit grim about that.”'

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'A British mother-of-three who performed a “dreadful catalog” of sex acts with underage boys was sentenced to seven years’ in prison on Friday. The court heard that Amanda Tompkins performed a ‘striptease’ and sexually abused the boys while her own children were inside the house. The 39-year-old was sentenced for 10 counts of physical and sexual abuse of six boys.

According to reports by the Mail Online and the Mirror, the court heard that Tompkins invited the group of boys between the ages of 13 and 15 to her home, furnishing them with marijuana and alcohol, before engaging them in oral sex and full-on intercourse. She also told one of the boys that he’d gotten her pregnant and that she needed an abortion. She communicated with him via Facebook, which she also used to send him nude photos of herself.

“Putting it bluntly, ma’am, you are sex mad, decreed Judge Francis Sheridan. “You pleaded guilty to a most dreadful catalog of sexual offending against young boys … Your approach was anything goes as you saw fit in your own drunken stupor. You ran an open house and for that, you should read you ran a home of abuse with you as the abuser—there’s no point in ducking it, no matter how drunk you were.”'

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'Maryland lawmakers introduced two bills this year that would teach “affirmative consent,” an impractical sexual-consent standard common on college campuses, in public school sex-ed classes. One was a countywide pilot program; the other would apply statewide.

Apparently the House of Delegates didn’t want to wait to see how the program worked in Montgomery County, just outside Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reports the statewide “yes mean yes” bill (HB 1560) passed overwhelmingly in the House, with bipartisan support, and will be taken up in a Senate committee hearing April 5. (See how your member voted here.)'

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