sexual assault

5:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Michigan Rep. wants to change sexual assault prosecutions in the military

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It would leave chain-of-command officers out of decisions with sentences of more than a year in confinement. Instead, those cases would be passed to military prosecutors. The goal of the legislation is to help victims of sexual assault in the military feel comfortable coming forward, knowing such crimes will be investigated.
WASHINGTON - Calling the widening controversy over sexual assaults in the military a "travesty," U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, Michigan's only member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, introduced legislation today that could reform how the Pentagon handles such crimes. Benishek's legislation - a companion piece to that being introduced in the Senate by Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
1:59 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Eight percent of teen girls in SW Michigan forced to have sex

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The survey in schools was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- It appears young women in southwest Michigan are less likely to have experienced sexually assault compared to young women statewide. Still, one of every 12 high school girls in the region reports that she has been physically forced to have sexual intercourse, according to a 2011-12 survey.
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7:56 am
Fri April 12, 2013

"Invisible War": sexual assault in the military

Navy Seaman Recruit Hannah Sewell embraces her father, Sergeant Major Jerry Sewell, from "The Invisible War", a Cinedigm/Docurama Films release.
Credit Cinedigm

The U.S. military faces renewed pressure to prevent sexual abuse within its ranks. A documentary about the problem called The Invisible War will be shown in Kalamazoo on Monday, April 15th, and in Battle Creek on Tuesday, April 16th. The screening at Western Michigan University’s Little Theatre on Oakland Drive starts at 6:30 p.m. The Battle Creek showing in the Binda Auditorium at Kellogg Community College starts at 5:30 p.m.

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9:23 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Portage rape victim launches "no means no" campaign

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Campaign is in connection with sexual assault awareness month
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- The night she was raped, Lauren Kyle was just hanging out with a boy from the neighborhood. But what started out as an ordinary walk on a warm summer evening turned into a sexual assault in the woods near Amberly Elementary School in Portage.