Regents postpone legislation on campus rape reporting

South Dakota higher education officials won’t ask state lawmakers to do away with a requirement that schools automatically report sexual assaults to police. Mike Rush, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, said Thursday that too many questions arose from law enforcement groups in trying to put together a legislative proposal that…

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Former county prosecutor pleads guilty in child rape case

A former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of child rape has pleaded guilty to federal charges. Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Jansen, of Selby, was accused of child rape in Hughes County involving three boys ages 5 through 13, and having child pornography on his computer. The former Walworth County state’s attorney was…

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Retrial in Vanderbilt rape case scheduled for April

A Tennessee judge has set a date for the retrial in the Vanderbilt rape case,according to the Associated Press. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey will stand trial on April 4 in Nashville. A judge granted a request to delay the retrial last week when Vandenburg’s new defense team requested more…

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The Cosby scandal, race and rape culture

Few subjects can spark such sharp divisiveness and heated rhetoric as a high-profile sexual assault scandal. The recent allegations against Bill Cosby have all the ingredients to create a media firestorm and a furious public debate. The story boasts provocative details, a long list of accusers, and the potential undoing…

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