After two years, a Canadian judge, who made disgusting, misogynistic comments toward a rape victim may finally lose his job. In 2014, Justice Robin Camp, a member of the Canadian Federal Court, presided over an alleged rape case in which he essentially blamed the young woman who was assaulted.
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Only 36 percent of rapes are ever reported to law enforcement, and less than 5 percent are prosecuted according to the Justice Department. Over the past few weeks, there has been much outrage because of the early release of convicted rapist Brock Turner, after he served three months of a six-month sentence.
From recent verdicts in some high-profile campus sexual assault cases, it is apparent that those convicted of such heinous crimes are receiving punishments far too lenient; and the lifelong trauma their victims experience is not being properly considered.
Elizabeth Zwerling, professor of journalism, discussed her take on “Journalism and Reporting Campus Sexual Assault” Tuesday in the President’s Dining Room.
The University of La Verne club Voices for Hope hosted a Take Back The Night event in support of victims who have been hurt by sexual violence, March 3 in Sneaky Park and the Campus Center.
This year’s Academy Awards were praised by many for tackling pressing issues including the lack of diversity in Hollywood and global warming, but the topic of sexual assault was one of the biggest of the night, with Vice President Joe Biden and singer Lady Gaga pushing for the end of rape culture.
Sexual assault became conversation among students at Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s “Project Title IX: Where the Odds Become Even,” April 9 in the Campus Center Ballroom.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 73 percent of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a non-stranger, 38 percent of rapists are friends or acquaintances and 28 percent are intimate partners.
The term “rape culture” is being used more and more frequently in social media, public conversation and even the mainstream news media.
The University of La Verne’s One In Three club held “Take Back The Night” last Friday, an event on campus aimed to speak out against and raise awareness of sexual assault.