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November 11, 2011
This whole scandal over Herman Cain's alleged sexual harassment of women during the 1990s is driving me crazy because the media is insisting on covering this story instead of properly vetting the candidates. Mr. Cain recently was on C-span to debate Gingrich, and it was clear he doesn't know much about government. The guy had to let Newt go first on every question because it was clear he had no clue what they were talking about. Yet the media puts a spotlight on Mr. Cain's alleged sexual misconduct instead.
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October 11, 2014
Howard County's public schools are among the top in the nation. We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world. We also talk with kids about sex and relationships: "You can get pregnant any time you have sexual intercourse;" the site says. "Wearing a latex condom, taking birth control pills or using other contraceptives are very effective at preventing pregnancy. However the absolute way to not get pregnant is to not have sex at all. " So what was wrong with one of our elected county school board members alerting the board and its student members that a local Giant supermarket is asking the age of those who purchase condoms?
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November 1, 2011
The report by Politico over the weekend revealing that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was accused by two women of sexual harassment while he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the mid-1990s has led to swift condemnation -- not of anything Mr. Cain may have done but of the media's appetite for such stories. Some conservative defenders of Mr. Cain, who is at or near the top in most polls of Republican voters, have compared the story to what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas referred to as the “high-tech lynching” he received at his confirmation hearings when he was confronted with allegations of sexual harassment.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous. " Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has become an advocate on the issue of sexual harassment in the military -- as well as sexism in Congress -- said that the Ravens and the league should have taken faster action in dealing with Rice.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
The owner of Basta Pasta restaurants in Fallston and Timonium is accused of sexually harassing employees, including teenagers, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, alleges that owner Michael Sakellis, repeatedly would inappropriately touch or would make sexual comments toward female employees, some of whom were teenagers. One female employee said she was given alcohol, which she believed was drugged in an attempt to sexually assault her, the suit says.
NEWS
October 11, 2014
Howard County's public schools are among the top in the nation. We cultivate a vibrant learning community that prepares students to thrive in a dynamic world. We also talk with kids about sex and relationships: "You can get pregnant any time you have sexual intercourse;" the site says. "Wearing a latex condom, taking birth control pills or using other contraceptives are very effective at preventing pregnancy. However the absolute way to not get pregnant is to not have sex at all. " So what was wrong with one of our elected county school board members alerting the board and its student members that a local Giant supermarket is asking the age of those who purchase condoms?
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 15, 2004
Former Harford County Sheriff Joseph P. Meadows, who resigned last year under the cloud of a criminal investigation by the state prosecutor, was named in a $14 million civil lawsuit filed yesterday on behalf of a former female co-worker who says he sexually harassed her. Jeanette Gamble of Bel Air, a deputy in the sheriff's office since 1986, alleges in the federal suit that she was subjected to an abusive work environment for more than two years as...
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By Mona Charen | June 8, 1993
I'M glad, I suppose, that sexual harassment is being condemned in the national press. The most recent example is a study commissioned by the American Association of University Women showing that the behavior is widespread among junior high and high school students nationwide.But there is a distressing lack of clarity in the discussion of the issue, and I fear that a facile and superficial understanding of the problem will lead to simplistic and formulaic solutions -- like consciousness-raising classes -- that will skirt the true problem.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | March 14, 1995
The Naval Academy is investigating sexual harassment charges brought by two female midshipmen who complained of attempted blackmail, threats and intimidation by their classmates, academy spokesman Capt. Tom Jurkowsky confirmed yesterday.In letters to top academy officials, the two women said male midshipmen tried to use threats for sexual favors, showed pornographic movies in the company ward room and used demeaning names to a witness in a fellow midshipman's sexual assault trial, Captain Jurkowsky said.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | November 25, 2009
Two women who work for a State Farm insurance agent in Randallstown sued him and his corporate employer Tuesday, saying he repeatedly subjected them to sexual harassment, vile insults and a hostile work environment. Kristi Mitchell and Veronica Cobb are seeking at least $4 million in punitive damages from the agent, Obie Sorrell, and State Farm Annuity and Life Insurance Co., a Fortune 500 company based in Bloomington, Ill., that has 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees. Mitchell has been an office manager for State Farm since February 2002, and Cobb was hired in May as a customer-service manager.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
The new superintendent of the Naval Academy said Thursday that the institution is a national leader in confronting sexual assault and sexual harassment among students, and should be helping other schools tackle what he described as a widespread problem. The Naval Academy has drawn national attention for the alleged assault of a female midshipman at a party in Annapolis and the subsequent investigation of three members of the Navy football team. The prosecution came amid a growing public focus on sexual assaults both in the military and on college campuses.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into Morgan State University's handling of a reported sexual assault, as the number of colleges nationwide facing scrutiny for their response to sexual violence allegations grows. The investigation into Morgan State was opened June 26, according to a list made public Wednesday that now includes 66 other colleges nationwide. University spokesman Clint Coleman said the investigation involves the alleged sexual assault of a female student Feb. 28, an incident that she reported to the university on March 20. "We look forward to this investigation, and all we seek is justice," Coleman said.
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By Carrie Wells | May 30, 2014
Amid a series of changes to federal laws regarding how universities handle sexual assaults and sexual misconduct, the University System of Maryland is in the process of updating its two-decade-old policies on the matter. The Board of Regents of the university system, which includes 11 of the state's public four-year universities, is set to discuss the proposed revisions at a committee meeting Tuesday. The proposal is still under discussion with various stakeholders, including college presidents and their legal counsel, and a final draft will be presented to the full board in late June.
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By Carrie Wells and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Responding to complaints that universities have fallen short in policing sexual assaults on their campuses, the White House announced a series of measures Tuesday intended to pressure college officials to step up efforts. The Obama administration wants universities to conduct "campus climate" surveys beginning next year and to clarify sexual assault policies so that victims know where to turn for help. The government is also creating a website, NotAlone.gov, that it says will help victims file federal complaints and access data on federal investigations.
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Susan Reimer | April 25, 2014
Amid reports that he not only tolerated but encouraged a nasty work environment rife with sex jokes and pornography, the Navy has relieved a two-time commander of the Blue Angels of his current post. Capt. Gregory McWherter has been fired as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado near San Diego and reassigned to other duties, the Navy said. He was last commander of the Blue Angels in 2012, brought back to straighten things up after the Blue Angels performed too close to the ground in a show.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union released an online "toolkit" on Wednesday outlining ways local advocates can improve conditions for LGBT prisoners across the country. It also provides information on how LGBT prisoners can protect themselves. In its announcement, the ACLU said lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in the United States face increased levels of sexual harassment, sexual assault and physical isolation. Transgender people often cannot live in spaces for those of their identified gender, and are forced to strip so guards can check their genitals.
NEWS
By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
Claiming that a state police supervisor exposed himself and repeatedly asked for sexual favors, a female trooper filed a sexual harassment and discrimination suit yesterday -- the third such suit filed against the agency this year.Trooper Susan Smith, 28, once an undercover narcotics officer, said the sexual advances became intolerable and she complained to her superiors. In response, she received a string of poor evaluations, was denied a promotion and was transferred to a desk job, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Gus G. Sentementes and Lisa Goldberg and Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF | December 19, 2003
Howard County officials have settled a lawsuit filed by a woman police officer who said a "locker room atmosphere" in the Police Department cultivated the sexual harassment she suffered from her supervisor and that police commanders retaliated against her when she complained. The settlement between the county and Cpl. Linda Freeman led to the dismissal of the officer's civil rights action in U.S. District Court in Baltimore this fall, but neither side would disclose the terms this week.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Naval Academy officials say an increase in reports of sexual assault shows they are making progress against the crime. Fifteen sexual assaults were reported at the academy during the 2012-2013 academic year, the Pentagon said Friday, up from 13 the year before. The data came in the Pentagon's Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies. Reports of sexual assault fell at the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy, for an overall drop across the academies from 80 in 2011-2012 to 70 in 2012-2013.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The number of sexual assaults reported at the Naval Academy increased slightly last year while reports fell at the other service academies, according to an assessment to be released by the Pentagon on Friday. Overall reports at the three academies fell from 80 during the 2011-2012 academic year to 70 in 2012-2013, according to the Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies obtained by The Baltimore Sun. That drop runs counter to the recent militarywide trend of increased reporting - a trend that officials have said indicates a growing trust in the military justice system.
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