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T-shirts decorated by allies and victims of sexual violence to bring awareness were hung up on April 27 and 28 in the student center.

T-shirts displayed to bring awareness to sexual violence

Katherine Masko, Reporter April 29, 2022

Editor's Note: The following article contains discussions of sexual violence, assault and incest.  T-shirts on a clothesline hung in the student center Wednesday April 27 and Thursday April 28 symbolize...

OPINION: Until leaders dismantle their own violent systems, we’ll keep burying hazing victims

Lyndsey Brennan Opinion Writer April 3, 2021

Some fraternities are dangerous places that harbor dangerous people. This isn’t a preposterous or malicious assertion. It is a fact.We were reminded of it again last month when 20-year-old BGSU sophomore...

OPINION: A culture of empowering complacency, endurance instead of taking a stance

Maria Ferrato Opinion Writer March 5, 2021

“You can’t let one whacko ruin your night,” a family member texted me after I informed her that a man logged into a Zoom call and performed inappropriate sexual behavior on screen after having listened...

Connor Hendry, former KSU student, turns and apologizes to the victim while reading his statement during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 26, 2019. 

Former Kent State student released from jail two months early in Centennial C sexual assault case

Hendry was released early from jail after pleading guilty to charges related to the sexual assault of a Kent State student in the Centennial C dormitory in April 2018.  Hendry’s attorneys filed a request...

Sexual assault “red zone” poses threat to college students

At many college campuses, thousands of new students are starting their freshman year. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), more than 50 percent of campus sexual assaults happen...

Portage County Sheriff’s Office arrests alleged serial rape suspect

David Williams September 7, 2018

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect for the alleged rape of two women in Portage County Friday.Shawn Michael Wendling, 37, was arrested in connection with two rapes on June 14 and...

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Students, faculty speak out on national #MeToo movement

Emily McMahan December 3, 2017

The trending social media hashtag #MeToo has sparked an open conversation about sexual violence and harassment online, assuring victims they are not alone.The hashtag is in response to the New York Times'...

Title IX requires university to investigate sexual assault claims

Emily Mills February 10, 2016

Former Kent State softball player Lauren Kesterson alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the university and her former softball coach violated her Title IX rights.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court,...

Former Kent State softball coach Karen Linder

Former Kent State softball player files lawsuit against university for alleged rape cover-up

Former Kent State softball player Lauren Kesterson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Kent State and former softball coach Karen Linder, alleging Kesterson was raped by Linder’s son, a then-varsity baseball...

Kent State receives grant for sexual assault prevention

Ian Flickinger January 18, 2016

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine presented Kent State with more than $90,000 to improve campus sexual assault victim services.The grant comes from a $3 million federal Victims of Crime Act fund allocated...

Guest column: What we talk about when we talk about rape

Carol Tavris, Los Angeles Times October 7, 2015

When I was a young social psychologist and feminist in the 1970s, I never imagined that I would be asked to testify for the defense in a rape case. Rape laws at the time still included the "marital rape...

Guest column: Is there a ‘rape culture’ on college campuses?

Chicago Tribune September 29, 2015

Last December, Rolling Stone published a now-infamous story that seemed to confirm every parent's worst fears about sexual assault on college campuses.Within months it had been discredited and retracted,...

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