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NPR’S JOSEPH SHAPIRO REPORTS THAT STUDENTS GUILTY OF ASSAULT ARE RARELY EXPELLED, VICTIMS RECEIVE LITTLE HELP FROM COLLEGES OR GOVERNMENT

MULTIPART SERIES, IN COLLABORATION WITH CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY, BEGINS TODAY, FEBRUARY 24, CONTINUES NEXT WEEK

February 24, 2010; Washington, D.C. – One in five women will be sexually assaulted while at college, according to a study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice – a startling statistic that begs to question how colleges are working to curb assault on campus. In a multipart NPR News Investigation beginning today, NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro, in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity, examines why colleges and universities fail to protect women from this epidemic of sexual assault. The investigation finds that even the best-intentioned of colleges are ill-equipped to investigate rape on campus, and mete out adequate punishments. As a result, it’s rare for students to be expelled, even after they’ve been found responsible of sexual assault, creating a culture where victims cannot count on their schools or the government oversight agencies for help. Read the rest of this entry »

A woman loses her health insurance while taking prescribed anti-HIV drugs after she was raped. Her insurance company tells her she has to prove that she is HIV free for two years and cannot be undergoing any counseling in order for her coverage to be reinstated.

See the video on CNN’s Anderson Cooper here: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/10/27/ac.turner.health.care.cnn

The arrest of fugitive film director Roman Polanski is an outrage — or so some of his high and mighty friends would have us believe.

“I am shocked that any man of 76, whether distinguished or not, should have been treated in such a fashion,” said Robert Harris, a British writer, friend and collaborator of Polanski’s.

French officials, from Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, are calling Polanski’s detention everything from a “bit sinister” to “scary.”

What’s “scary” are the details of the original case.

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Collectively, they employ the nation’s fourth largest work force — rape crisis centers, homeless shelters, domestic violence programs and thousands of other not-for-profit organizations.

Yet escalating health insurance costs of nearly 13 million employees in this work force are not garnering attention in the various health care proposals being discussed on Capitol Hill.

Current legislation in Congress intends to award a tax credit to small businesses that provide their employees with health insurance, but according to a report in The New York Times, nonprofits would not benefit from these programs.

This must change.

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