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campus sexual assault

  • We are committed to ensuring that all girls are free from gender violence and sexual assault, and to eliminating injustice in our justice system.

    Legal Momentum is helping to lead the national discussion on the culture of complacency surrounding rape and campus sexual assault. Lynn Hecht Schafran, who directs Legal Momentum’s National Judicial Education Program, spoke on NPR’s “The Takeaway” on June 7 about the slap-on-the-wrist sentence given to the Stanford University athlete and rapist Brock Turner.

  • The six-month sentence imposed on a Stanford student athlete found guilty in a widely publicized rape case has instigated widespread public outrage. In this segment on NPR's The Takeaway, Legal Momentum's Senior Vice President and Director of the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) Lynn Hecht Schafran discusses the case and the issues involved with host John Hockenberry. NJEP has been educating judges and other court professionals about the realities sexual assault and domestic violence, and their intersection, since 1980. 

  • In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we next discuss the intersection of poverty and domestic violence with Lisalyn Jacobs of Legal Momentum, an organization dedicated to ensuring economic and personal security for women and girls, and Dana Bolger of Know Your IX, a national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence. (Minutes 15:00-45:00 of the 1-hour episode)

  • Legal Momentum Board Vice Chair, Stanford Professor of Law Deborah L. Rhode, is quoted in this interesting piece on the decades-old intellectual debate simmering beneath the current conversation over sexual assault on campus.

  • Legal Momentum welcomes news that colleges and universities in the Big 12 football conference (following the lead of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), will bar transfer students who have been disciplined for “sexual assault, domestic violence, or other forms of sexual violence” from participating in collegiate football.  That rule was put into effect, partly, in response to a Baylor University football student, Sam Ukwuachu, who was sentenced to 6 months behind bars, and 10 years probation for sexually assaulting a Baylor female soccer player.  Ukwuachu transferred from Boise State, where

  • On Saturday, August 15, 2015, a diverse group of high school and college students, parents, university administrators and faculty, government officials, parents, activists, and others gathered at a movie theater in Bellevue, WA, for a screening of the riveting documentary on campus sexual assault, The Hunting Ground, followed by a thought-provoking and informative panel discussion of the issues raised in the film.

  • A college rape prevention program sounds like a good idea. Everyone’s heard about the sexual assault epidemic plaguing college campuses; this type of program seems like the right response to an issue that has long gone ignored. A rape prevention program that is effective and that decreases the likelihood of rape and sexual assault is a welcome step forward. But a rape prevention program that is specifically for women takes the wrong approach.

  • Legal Momentum Helps Pass Cuomo’s “Enough Is Enough” Bill

    Carol Robles-Roman, Gov. Cuomo, Penny Venetis

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