sexual assault

What happens behind closed doors? Social isolation during COVID-19 endangers domestic abuse survivors.

BY: - March 24, 2020

People in Michigan and across the country are following health officials’ warnings and staying home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, behind closed doors, domestic and sexual violence survivors might be in greater danger, shut in with their abusers. If you or someone you know needs help, here are some resources: Safe House Center 24/7 […]

House panel looks at possible health crisis: pornography

BY: - March 17, 2020

Updated, 4:31 p.m., 3/17/20 On Thursday, state Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland) appeared before a House panel and asked members to declare pornography a public health crisis. Calley presented House Concurrent Resolution 14, which she introduced in January, to the state House Committee on Health Policy, which spent time on that measure, as well as getting […]

Nessel: MSU stonewalling Nassar probe cheats U of M victims out of justice

BY: - March 5, 2020

The Michigan attorney general’s office will not open an investigation into reports of late University of Michigan Dr. Robert Anderson, due to the office’s experience with the Larry Nassar investigation at Michigan State University. Several men have come forward saying Anderson sexually abused them while he was a doctor at U of M from 1968 […]

Nessel fights Trump proposals for women, LGBTQs

BY: - March 4, 2020

Women and members of the LGBTQ community have become the targets of two federal proposals aiming to roll back anti-discriminatory protections, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. She has joined 22 other attorneys general in comment letters opposing the proposals. The proposals were a result of President Trump’s executive order that went into effect […]

State to pay $80M settlement in juvenile prison rape case

BY: - February 27, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Heidi Washington announced Thursday that they are filing a settlement document in the Doe et al. vs. Michigan Department of Corrections case. The case, filed in 2013 on behalf of 1,300 youthful prisoners, pertains to juveniles alleging that they were victims of […]

Dems berate Betsy DeVos at heated Capitol Hill hearing, Moolenaar defends her

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the President Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The […]

Students concerned about U of M transparency in provost sexual misconduct investigation 

BY: - January 23, 2020

University of Michigan Provost Martin Philbert, executive vice president of academic affairs, was placed on administrative leave Wednesday following several allegations of sexual misconduct. But there is some skepticism from students about how the university has handled similar investigations in the past. U of M President Mark Schlissel wrote to students and staff in an […]

Stevens, bipartisan lawmakers file brief against ‘technicality’ that can free military rapists

BY: - January 22, 2020

There is no statute of limitations for rape in the military, but advocates say a misconstrued legal technicality allows for hundreds of convicted rapists walk free.  The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case reviewing this technicality and U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) filed an amicus curiae brief on Monday to the Supreme Court […]


Susan J. Demas: Why are there so few stories about Trump’s health and sexual harassment scandals?

BY: - January 4, 2020

This week, President Trump may have stumbled into a war with Iran and was accused by yet another woman of sexual harassment. If you haven’t heard about the former, you can quickly remedy that by turning on cable news, whose speciality is cheerleading the march to war (any war). You could also click back to […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected in case he loses in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an […]

Nessel to charge 2 more priests in clergy probe, announce PFAS suit

BY: - December 25, 2019

Updated, 5:25 a.m. 12/26/19 The Catholic church sexual abuse investigation continues to expand in Michigan, as Attorney General Dana Nessel said she plans to announce charges against two more priests in the new year. So far, seven priests have been charged in the probe this year and two have pleaded guilty. There are 45 current […]

Survivors again ask MSU to release Nassar docs for independent investigation

BY: - December 13, 2019

Survivor Sterling Riethman addressed Michigan State University trustees at their Friday board meeting, once more renewing a call for MSU to stand down and not impede a state investigation into the university’s handling of the Larry Nassar crisis. Riethman delivered part of the statement on behalf of fellow sexual assault survivors Rachael Denhollander and Sarah […]