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New Rules Press Colleges To Improve Sexual Assault Procedures (WBUR)
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act takes effect today. It holds institutions of higher education responsible for the prevention of sexual violence, sets standard procedures for disciplining offenders, and requires greater transparency on campus policy and procedures related to sexual violence, including not only rape but also domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Senate Blocks Bill to Overhaul Prosecution of Rape in the Military (Talking Points Memo)
The prosecution of military sexual assult will remain in the military chain of command after the Senate voted down Sen Kirsten Gillibrand’s proposal. The vote, which was very close, likely will please the Pentagon which strongly opposed it and disappoint advocates who feel keeping such cases in the chain of command adds to the military’s problematic response to the issue.
Army’s Top Sex Assault Prosecutor Suspended After Assault Allegation (Stars and Stripes)
In more military news, the Army is investingting its top sexual assault prosecutor after he was accused of groping and attempting to kiss a former employee. Lt. Col. Joseph Morse was in charge of prosecutorial training and assistance worldwide. Morse was suspended immediately after the allegation was made.
‘Upskirt’ Photos Legal in Massachusetts (Huffington Post)
Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court ruled that taking photos up the skirts of women did not violate state law because the victims were not naked. This ruling overturned one by the lower courts tht upheld the charges against the perpetrator. MA lawmakers promise to update their laws to include incidences where photos are taken of individuals who are fully clothed.
Transgender Woman Sues for $2.5 million After Being Told She Must Compete as Man in CrossFit Games (Gay Star News)
A transgender woman is suing CrossFit because they would not let her compete in the women’s division. Though Chloi Johnson is legally recognized as a woman in California, Crossfit denied her request, arguing that her male genetic makeup gives her an advantage over genetically female competitors.
1 in 10 Americans Think HTML is an STD, Study Finds (LA Times)
A technology survey of over 2,300 Americans found 11% of respondents believed HTML was actually a STD. Though the study’s focus was on Americans’ knowledge of tech-related terms, the results also speaks to a lack of general knowledge about the names and types of STDs.
Second Baby Possible ‘Cured’ of HIV (CNN)
A California baby given high doses of antiretroviral drugs appears to be HIV-free nine months after birth. The baby continues to receive medication. This is the second such case in which such treatment seems to cure HIV an a clinical trial to further test it will begin within a few months.
Study Calls for Standardization in Measuring Testosterone Levels (Health Canal)
A new review and analysis of data on over 10,000 patients calls for less reliance on blood tests alone to determine testosterone levels. This call is based on differences in laboratory practices for testing blood samples. The study also, therefore, calls for universal guidelines for labs that are similar to those use diagnoses diabetes.