Sexual Violence & Victims’ Rights

The Speak Out Act: Another Step Forward in the Battle Against Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

On Thursday, September 29, the Speak Out Act passed in the Senate with bipartisan support. If it passes in the House and is signed into law by President Biden, it will be another important step toward holding perpetrators of workplace misconduct accountable. Following the passage of the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Harassment Act of 2021 (the Ending…

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California Passes the Nation’s First Stealthing Law

Stealthing is a concept that you likely know about, even if you are unfamiliar with the term. It refers to nonconsensual condom removal, a behavior that is alarmingly prevalent. Studies have revealed that 5% of men and nearly 19% of women knew that they experienced stealthing,[1] and nearly 10% of the young men openly admit to it.[2] Rates are likely even higher[3] for at least…

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Legal Options for Victims of Crime

Victims of crime are often completely overwhelmed. Not only are they navigating the emotional and physical impact of the crime on their lives but they are also faced with uncertainty about their legal options. Victims of crime, including sexual assault survivors, regularly come to us soon after the crime happened. Often the first question they ask is: “Now what do…

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Congress Must Open the Courthouse Doors to Uphold Military Members’ Civil Rights

Workers and students who experience civil rights violations have a plethora of legal tools at their disposal to seek accountability and relief—ranging from constitutional, to statutory, to tort claims. But the courthouse doors have long been closed to one group, whose exclusion from remedies by the government which they defend is particularly jarring: members of the military. Federal civil rights…

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