Judge Refuses Dismissal of Sexual Misconduct Case Against Army Officer
Military judge Col. Ferdinand Clervi denied lawyer’s requests to dismiss a sexual misconduct trial against former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene McKinney. McKinney’s attorneys claimed the jury was unfairly “stacked” with women and senior officials. Three of the twelve jury members are women, 25 percent, while women make up about 14 percent of army personnel. Army prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Child said, “There is no basis to suggest that if there are more women sitting on this panel that they couldn’t be just as fair.” McKinney, the Army’s former top enlisted man, is charged with 19 counts of sexual harassment and assault. If convicted, he faces a possible reduction in rank and 56 years in prison.
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. . . .