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Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Sues Over Nassar Abuse

Published on Mar 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm in Title IX.

In the ongoing legal cases against Larry Nassar, former sports physician for the U.S. gymnastics team who was served with more than 150 lawsuits for sexual crimes he committed, another gymnast has come forward with a lawsuit. Gold medal Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman filed a lawsuit in California state court earlier this month alleging USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee failed to protect her and other athletes from Nassar’s misconduct.

The lawsuit claims that the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics looked the other way when Nassar sexually harassed and abused Raisman on dozens of occasions under the guise of medical treatment. Raisman says that the organizations shielded Nassar from the investigations and allegations that surrounded Nassar’s history and did not take the proper actions to keep the gymnasts safe.

Lawsuits Filed Against YMCA for Failing to Protect Students from Molestation

Published on Mar 6, 2018 at 1:45 pm in Title IX.

An 18-year-old Jefferson High School student is currently under criminal investigation for sexually abusing multiple girls between the ages of 3-8 where he worked as a teacher’s aide at a local YMCA. Michael Begin is accused of touching 17 children in an inappropriate manner while working at the Jeffersonville YMCA as well as at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. He’s currently being held in the Clark County jail on more than 20 total charges of child molestation.

Parents of the children he’s abused have filed multiple lawsuits against the facilities where the abuse occurred. These lawsuits claim that the institutions and staff member should have done more to protect the girls from being molested. One earlier lawsuit targets the Greater Clark Schools Corp. Two recent lawsuits target the YMCA of Greater Louisville.

The Importance of Title IX After Larry Nassar’s Trials

Published on Feb 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm in Title IX.

One of our nation’s most horrific cases of sexual assault at a massive level came to light last November when 54-year-old Larry Nassar was convicted of 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and served with more than 150 lawsuits from women claiming he sexually assaulted them under the guise of “medical treatment”. Larry Nassar was a sports physician at Michigan State University, doctor for Team USA, and served as the USA Gymnastics’ national medical coordinator for more than 20 combined years—all the while committing sexual crimes to underage girls.

The most horrifying detail of this case might be the fact that it’s being discovered that multiple university administrators, faculty members, and even a few parents had been notified that the sexual crimes were happening and turned a blind eye. According to an investigative article by ESPN, multiple students reported Nassar after being sexually assaulted and/or manipulated. After all these instances, the reports were buried and ignored. Why? Because Nassar manipulated more than just his students.

Baylor University’s Latest Title IX Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Published on Jun 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm in Title IX.

Tuesday, May 18th, a former Baylor volleyball player filed a lawsuit against Baylor University claiming she was raped by multiple football players in 2012.  The lawsuit asserts Baylor violated Title IX which is a federal law which prevents sex discrimination in the educational setting. Sex discrimination can include rape and sexual assault.  Schools that received federal funding are subject to Title IX’s requirements.

The plaintiff claims the Baylor football team engaged in a practice of hazing which involved freshmen football recruits bringing freshman women to house parties, hosted by members of the football team, and subsequently drugging and then gang raping the women.  The plaintiff alleges that photos and videos of several, semi-conscious girls were circulated amongst the football team. According to ESPN, “The lawsuit says a 21-second videotape of two female Baylor students being gang-raped by several football players circulated among the team.”

Stanford Terminates Attorney for Criticizing Title IX Process

Published on Feb 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm in Title IX.

Stanford University has ended its professional relationship with an attorney, Crystal Riggins, who spoke out publicly against the university’s internal process for handling sexual assault complaints.  Riggins was one of six attorneys who provided legal guidance to students and was the only attorney who exclusively represented accusers.  The university provides attorneys for students involved in sexual assault complaints under Title IX, a federal law that protects victims of sexual assault on college campuses.

In a New York Times article on December 29, Riggins expressed frustration about Stanford’s requirement that a three-member panel unanimously find an accused student guilty of sexual assault.  “It is very difficult to get a 3-0 decision from a panel, and these young women are terrified and traumatized and just want it to be done,” said Riggins.

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