Sexual Assault

Amelia Meyerhoff

A student’s senior project at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo went live on the web this week. It calls out the university as a place where sexual assault is common and victims don’t feel supported. The project is called “The Clapback: An Investigation of the Sexual Assault and Rape Culture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,” and features interviews with 61 rape and sexual assault survivors.

Courtesy of the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education (NCWGE)

Title IX is a federal law that is part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Its goal is to prohibit discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funding. One area Title IX presents itself on college campuses is in addressing allegations of sexual misconduct. A recent California court ruling has public universities scrambing to rewrite rules for how these investigations are conducted, but the coming changes have some administrators and students concerned. To learn more, KCBX's Tyler Pratt sat down with San Luis Obispo Tribune reporter Monica Vaughan, who's been covering this issue. 

Jennifer Storm is the ultimate survivor, turned thriver, overcoming addiction, trauma and adversity to become an author and appointed Pennsylvania Victim Advocate fighting for other's rights. She offers insights and firsthand experiences about the complexities of biological and emotional responses to trauma and sexual assault. Tune in for a conversation with host Elizabeth Barrett and her guest about key components that can help a person turn their lives around in even the darkest of circumstances.

In almost every aspect of life, the current status of women in society is under assault - economically, politically, socially and personally.  With injustice and inequality so pervasive and systemically ingrained in our culture, even the most passionate of activists can feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to put their energies to make progress.  How do we connect the dots, find a common denominator, and begin to bring about true equality in an unequal world?  Tune in for a conversation about the fight for true equality. 

Broadcast date: 10/20/16

Many experts believe that the epidemic of men’s violence and sexual assault in our country is related to what society is teaching boys about masculinity. But, this traditional “boys will be boys” mentality is beginning to change, as school campuses and community organizations are realizing that this type of unhealthy masculinity is harmful to both women and men, in many areas of their lives. Today, these groups are engaging young men and boys to build a new generation of male leaders who will model strength and masculinity, without violence, through a “Healthy Masculinity” movement to eradicate the harmful expectations and stereotypes our society teaches boys about what it means to be a man.

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A federal lawsuit is being filed against the University of California System this week on behalf of a former UC Santa Barbara student. 

Arroyo Grande High School

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 4:53 p.m.

The Arroyo Grande Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that the teacher being investigated for sexual assault is a woman. The student is a boy under the age of 18.

Original story:

An Arroyo Grande High School teacher is under investigation following a report of sexual assault against a student.

A recent string of sexual assaults reported by Cal Poly students has left all greek life on social probation and one fraternity is no longer recognized by the university. Two students, Hannah Poplack and Nadine Leffler wrote a 'letter to the editor' of their school's newspaper in response an article about the university's disciplinary action. 

Broadcast date: 1/08/2015

Stories of sexual assault on American college campuses have dominated the news this past year. Although a recent federal report estimated only about .02% of enrolled students reported a forcible sex offense, many experts believe that sexual assault is seriously under-reported, and incidences are likely much higher.  

Students, staff and faculty at Cal Poly received an official Crime Alert message Friday evening regarding an attempted sexual assault on campus.

The University Police Department says it received information on Friday that the crime happened this past Sunday at 3:00 a.m. between Mott Gym and the parking structure.

Anett Hurtado

Several Santa Barbara County political leaders are working to address the issue of sexual assaults at UC Santa Barbara. A roundtable discussion on the topic took place there Wednesday. 

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) is the chair of California Assembly Higher Education Committee. He and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) organized the discussion.

A Cal Poly fraternity is on suspension while the university investigates a reported sexual assault.

According to a university crime alert email sent out to the campus community, a woman reported being assaulted at the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity house on Foothill Boulevard during a Halloween party on Saturday.

The woman said she believes she was drugged.

"When the survivor awoke a white male with blond hair and blue eyes with the first name of Jake was engaging in sexual activity without her consent," the letter stated.

Broadcast date: 09/23/14

What can we do about the college sexual assault epidemic?

Sexual assault on college campuses, can create higher rates of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and isolation for victims. In response to recent disturbing statistics, President Obama has formed a task force to combat sexual assault on campus. 

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A California report detailing sexual violence on the state's college campuses has local Assemblyman Das Williams calling for immediate changes.

Williams responded Monday to a hearing on the report last week, hosted by the Assembly Committees on Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audits.