The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which threatened to criminalize not only pornographic but also sex education and advice websites. This ruling is the second time the Court has blocked COPA for its undue restrictions on freedom of speech, according to the ACLU. Opponents of COPA argue that there are other methods of protecting children online that do not criminalize protected speech.
Though the stated intent of COPA is to protect children from online pornography, the ACLU reports that sites containing explicit sex education information, sexual advice, STI prevention information, and gynecological information could also face criminal penalties were the law to take effect. These penalties include fines of up to $50,000 per day and up to six months imprisonment for violators. By again blocking COPA, “[t]he Court has made it safe for artists, sex educators, and web publishers to communicate with adults about sexuality without risking jail time,” said ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson.
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .