Sexual Assault Suit at Colorado University Settles
The University of Colorado announced on Monday that it will settle a Title IX lawsuit that accused the university of deliberate indifference to sexual harassment and assault by football players and recruits. The plaintiffs, two women who were allegedly raped by football players at an off campus party in 2001, will receive $2.85 million.
The school has also agreed to hire an adviser to monitor compliance with Title IX and add a position in the office of Victim Assistance. The advisor will be available to all individuals reporting sexual harassment or assault; will address any concerns with the University�s response to complaints; will review issues relating to sexual harassment and Title IX compliance; and will make recommendations to the university regarding reforms to university programs to prevent future sexual harassment, according to the National Women�s Law Center, which was part of the legal team that represented one of the plaintiffs.
Kimberley Hult, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, said in the Los Angeles Times that it had always been a top priority "to make sure something like this didn't happen to another young woman...We're very pleased with the changes the university has made."
Media Resources: Los Angeles Times 12/6/07; National Women�s Law Center 12/5/07; Rocky Mountain News 12/6/07
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .