Rape Charges Continue to Surface at Colorado University
In the weeks since ex-University of Colorado football place-kicker Katie Hnida's accusation that she was raped by a teammate and sexually assaulted by several fellow players in 2000, seven more women have come forward alleging they were also raped by CU players or recruits.
Last week, Colorado University President Elizabeth Hoffman placed head coach Gary Barnett on paid administrative leave for comments he made about Hnida's athletic ability, according to NBC 5 News: "It's a guy's sport. [Players] felt like Katie was forced on them. It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability... Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible."
"In the context of a rape allegation, it is inappropriate to make statements about the ability of the player," Hoffman told CNN.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has called for Barnett's resignation. "Aside from insulting Katie Hnida and allegedly using intimidation to protect his players, Barnett seems to be saying that bad players deserve whatever they get-including assault. With statements like this, are we to believe that Coach Barnett was completely unaware of his players' actions?" asked NOW President Kim Gandy. "Furthermore, Barnett's immediate 'blame the victim' response to media inquiries only makes it more suspicious that there was misconduct."
11/25/2014 Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal - Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault.
As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars. . . .
11/24/2014 The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution - The city of Louisville, Kentucky approved a resolution that will use the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a framework for all future policy aimed at ending gender-based discrimination.
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh introduced the resolution, which passed overwhelmingly on November 6. . . .