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WNYC News

SUNY Officials to Address Campus Sexual Assault

Thursday, October 02, 2014

On the heels of California, which just passed a so-called “affirmative consent” law, the board of the SUNY voted Thursday to establish a common definition for sexual consent.

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Life of the Law

Redefining Rape

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Most of us have an idea of what the crime of rape is. But the legal meaning of the word rape varies widely, depending on which state you’re in. And in 25 states, what we may think of as rape...isn’t called that at all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Gillibrand; Joe Nocera; The End of "The Office"; Gatsby Abroad

Friday, May 17, 2013

U.S. Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, discusses her push for legislation to address the sexual assault crisis in the military. Plus: New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera on the latest out of Washington; analysis of the impact and the end of the show "The Office"; the New Yorker's China correspondent, Evan Osnos, on reading The Great Gatsby abroad; and another installment of the obituary series with Bill McDonald, the obituaries editor of the New York Times.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Invisible War"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Producer Amy Ziering and  Kirby Dick, director of "Invisible War", discuss their film about sexual assault in the United States military.  

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The Takeaway

The Invisible War: Fighting the Rape Crisis in the U.S. Military

Friday, June 22, 2012

Less than 14 percent of sexual assaults in the U.S. military are reported, and less than one tenth of one percent result in criminal convictions. A new documentary, "The Invisible War," focuses on our military's rape epidemic and what must be done to stop it.

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WNYC News

Spotlight on Attacks May Account for Apparent Spike in Sex Assaults, Experts Say

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Groping attacks seemingly have spread across the city, with nearly 40 reported attacks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens over the past few months. But experts and law enforcement officials say this doesn’t necessarily mean there are more sexual assaults occurring on the city’s streets.

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WNYC News

Serial Groper Targeting Women in Queens, Officials Warn

Monday, October 17, 2011

Residents of Woodside and Sunnyside, Queens are being warned to watch out for a sexual predator who has been riding his bike up to women and grabbing them from behind before fleeing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Brooklyn Sexual Attacks

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kate Briquelet, staff reporter for The Brooklyn Paper, talks about the 13 sexual assaults, including one rape, of young women in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Park Slope, South Slope, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace.

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WNYC News

High-Profile Rape Cases Could Deter Victims From Speaking Out, Advocates Say

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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A handful of women's advocacy groups worry that recent high-profile rape cases such as the one involving ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will deter alleged victims from coming forward — even as police say some reported rapes are on the rise.

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The Takeaway

What's Next for Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

After weeks of fighting accusations of sexual assault against a hotel maid, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, is facing new allegations. Tristane Banon, a French novelist, is filing a criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape in 2003. The statute of limitations for rape cases in France is 10 years. Will this case be negatively affected by the outcome of the first case? Or by the media’s attention?

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WNYC News

IMF Chief Accused of Sexual Assault Held Without Bail

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, entered Manhattan Federal Court Monday on charges of attempted rape, sex abuse, criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching and is being been held without bail.

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WNYC News

IMF Chief Held in Sexual Assault

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, one of the world's top finance figures and a likely candidate for the French presidency, was in NYPD custody Saturday evening in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid. NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne confirmed that Strauss-Kahn, the 62-year-old managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was being questioned by detectives from Manhattan's Special Victims unit.

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The Takeaway

Investigating Nail Salons as Cover For Sex and Labor Trafficking

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Today our partner WGBH Radio begins an investigative series about the growing national and international criminal enterprise of human and sexual trafficking, and examines how nail salons in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are being used to hide and legitimize illegal activities. Women are being trafficked to work in salons during the day and then pulled into prostitution at night, and because a salon is a cash-based business, it is a perfect place to launder the money brought in through prostitution. 

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The Takeaway

Pam Grier on Her Rise as a Blaxploitation Film Star

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Actress Pam Grier is best known for her roles as a blaxploitation star in the 1970s films "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown." Two decades later, she made a comeback, playing "Jackie Brown" in Quentin Tarantino's homage to her early career. She's written a new memoir, "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts," detailing her rise to fame and her struggles as a young girl dealing with sexual violence and racial prejudice.

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The Takeaway

Sexual Assault Still Major Problem in Military

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More women serve in America's armed services than in most other nations. Yet 30 percent of female veterans report being sexually assaulted or raped while serving, according to a 2003 survey funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. This month, Congress is hearing testimony from service members who say they were sexually attacked.

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The Takeaway

American Children Victims of Human Trafficking

Friday, February 12, 2010

For most Americans, human trafficking is a horrific practice that nearly always seems to happen overseas and far away. However, a recent report by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission says about 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade every year in Ohio alone.

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The Takeaway

New Perspectives on Child Sex Abuse and Trauma

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dr. Susan Clancy believes that for young children, sex abuse is oftentimes more confusing than it is traumatic at the moment that it’s happening. In her new book "The Trauma Myth: The Truth About Sexual Abuse of Children — And Its Aftermath," she argues that more victims would come forward if we stopped framing sex abuse as terrifying and violent, and instead acknowledged that child victims often love and want to please their perpetrators.

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