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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1995
A seminar on human sexuality at Loyola College, which includes explicit videos of intimate sex acts by homosexuals and heterosexuals, has ignited a campus debate about the graphic material itself and the theological questions it poses for the Roman Catholic institution.Last week, a group of students placed a full-page advertisement in the campus newspaper describing the films and saying they were "detrimental to the soul of our college." The critics claim some of the views expressed in the course are contrary to Catholic doctrine.
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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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By New York Times News Service | November 26, 1993
A four-year effort by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to write a statement on human sexuality has nearly foundered since reports of a first draft alarmed members of the 5.2 million-member denomination."
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By Cal Thomas | October 4, 2014
College freshmen are completing their first month on campus. According to the website  The Other Freshman 15 , "The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault. ... One out of five students experience rape or sexual assault while they are in college, and in the great majority of cases (75-80 percent), the victim knows the attacker. " The  Washington Post  recently carried a front-page story about campus sexual assaults. As the father of former college students, two of whom are daughters, I was stunned by the presumptions in the story.
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By Frank P.L. Somerville and Frank P.L. Somerville,Religion Editor of The Sun | June 16, 1991
Ever since Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church split into urban and suburban branches 30 years ago, they have celebrated their independence.This morning is no exception.At their worship services, the two congregations are taking different approaches to a controversial report on human sexuality that tested the solidarity of the 2.9 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) last week at its national convention in Baltimore.How Brown Memorial-Park Avenue in Bolton Hill and Brown Memorial-Woodbrook across the city line in an upper income XTC Baltimore County suburb are now handling the calls for ordaining practicing homosexuals and redefining family values exemplifies the uneasy diversity that exists within Presbyterian unity.
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By SARA ENGRAM and SARA ENGRAM,Deputy editor of the editorial pages of the Evening Sun | June 2, 1991
When it comes to sex, can the church say more than no? Should the church say more than no?As the nation's largest Presbyterian group begins its annual General Assembly here Tuesday, it will choose a new leader and confront questions about national health care and human rights. But the overriding issue this year is human sexuality -- specifically a comprehensive report on the subject commissioned by the denomination four years ago.As a mainline Protestant group that prides itself on a thoughtful and informed approach to its faith, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.
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By Eric Siegel | January 18, 1991
Annie SprinkleWhen: Jan. 18 and 19, 9:30 p.m.Where: Maryland Art Place's 14Karat Cabaret, 218 W. Saratoga St.Tickets: $10.Call: 962-8565. Performance artist Annie Sprinkle has no trouble defining what her show is not."It's not burlesque -- I know because I've done that," says Ms. Sprinkle, a self-described "post-porn modernist" who is scheduled to appear at Maryland Art Place's 14Karat Cabaret tonight and tomorrow night."It's not pornography, either -- I've done that, too," she adds.What it is, she will tell you, is "very educational."
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By GREGORY KANE | February 12, 2005
STANDING IN Baltimore Circuit Judge Stuart R. Berger's courtroom yesterday, attorney Kenneth W. Ravenell looked from the jurors and pointed to his client, former priest Maurice Blackwell. "Here's your fall guy," Ravenell told the jury. With that, Ravenell launched a shot that might not be heard around the world, but it could be heard around the communities of black America. Blackwell is charged with sexually abusing Dontee Stokes for several years starting in the late 1980s. Stokes, now 29, claims he was 13 when the alleged abuse began.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Jason Collins' coming out received large media fanfare. Brittney Griner's was met with something close to a yawn. The debate over what caused the difference has been pretty public, with some pointing to sexism , others to the way heterosexual men react to gay men and one commentator noting that society doesn't perceive lesbian athletes to be playing against type in the same way it views gay male athletes. Addressed in all three perspectives is the widespread perception that lesbian athletes have an easier time being open about their sexuality on the court and in the locker room.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | July 17, 1991
Carroll's Episcopal Church leaders say they want to downplay the more controversial issues, such as sexuality, being discussed at this week's convention in Phoenix."
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October 2, 2014
I would like to take this moment to applaud Susan Patton and Jonathan David Farley for sticking their necks out to correct the numbers on sexual assault ( "Do the math: rape stats don't add up," Sept. 26). Being rather savvy with numbers myself, I searched for and failed to find a certain number amid the perpetrator apologies and victim blaming in their op-ed: zero. We as a society should never be happy with ourselves until not a single woman is a victim of sexual assault. Maybe the numbers are not one in four, although you would need better evidence to convince me than the authors were able to provide (Women didn't know whether it was rape!
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By Karen Nitkin and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The double mastectomy took her breasts and the cancer they contained. Elissa Bantug was just 25. She was used to a satisfying, uncomplicated sex life with her live-in boyfriend, and she craved that intimacy as she looked ahead to her post-cancer life. Three days after the surgery, "grabbing at straws and wanting to feel normal," she gave her boyfriend, AJ, the come-hither look that had always worked in the past. This time, however, he balked, afraid of hurting her.  "We had a huge fight," recalled Bantug, now 33. Though she is now married to AJ and living in Columbia with their children, finding their way back to intimacy was a struggle.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
An internal investigation found that the Johns Hopkins University failed to alert students, faculty and staff to what it called "a sexual assault" at a fraternity house in March 2013, the school's president said Wednesday in a letter to campus. In the letter, which accompanied the release of the university's 2013 annual security report, President Ronald J. Daniels called the failure to report the incident at Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity's house "unacceptable. " "I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the University's commitment to the safety and well-being of all members of the Johns Hopkins community - a commitment that includes preventing sexual violence, offering support to victims, dealing firmly and fairly with alleged offenders, and keeping students, faculty and staff informed of crimes that represent a threat to our community," he said.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Midshipmen at the Naval Academy have filmed a video pledging to fight sexual assault at the academy and in the Navy and Marine Corps. "It's on us — USNA," a 90-second video, was posted Monday on YouTube. It features a succession of midshipmen, male and female, in uniform and Navy athletic gear, standing before different landmarks on the Annapolis campus, looking into the camera and reading lines. "If midshipmen are persons of integrity, and if we stand for that which is right, then we must stand for each other," the script reads, in part.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
The Baltimore Sun won an Online Journalism Award Saturday for Matthew Hay Brown's 2013 article, " Breaking the Silence ," about American servicemen who were sexually assaulted while serving in the military. Women in uniform are more likely to be sexually assaulted than men. But because there are many more men than women in the military, there are more assaults against men than against women. And when the victim is a man, Brown's reporting showed, a perpetrator is far less likely to be punished.
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By Susan Patton and Jonathan David Farley | September 26, 2014
You've heard the statistics: one in four women will be raped in college Or is it " sexually assaulted or almost sexually assaulted"? Or is it "nearly one in five"? Or "one in six"? According to the White House, a rape epidemic is sweeping college campuses , with the #YesAllWomen campaign calling all men weapons of mass destruction. Let's look at some facts. According to the FBI "[t]he rate of forcible rapes in 2012 was estimated at 52.9 per 100,000 female inhabitants.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | February 24, 1995
Loyola College announced yesterday that it will provide "closer oversight" of future human sexuality seminars after several students protested the showing of films of intimate sex acts as part of a noncredit course.A faculty committee appointed to look into the content of the course taught on the North Baltimore campus since 1993 "has decided that explicit videos and films will not be used in future offerings . . . unless they are first reviewed and approved to ensure that they are appropriate and necessary for undergraduate students," Loyola's provost said.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,Art Critic | January 21, 1992
Jim Peters' paintings of women, at Loyola, are expressionistic, psychological and disturbing. The upstate New York artist has been quoted as saying his art is "on the edge of sentimental," but sentimental is hardly the way they come across.His figures are placed in often bare or ramshackle interiors, achieved with gestural passages that suggest emotional or physical upheaval, even violence. In some there seems to be no way out of the interiors, only a window too small or too high, or both, for escape.
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By William E. Lori | September 14, 2014
Domestic violence is an issue that has been on the minds of many people in recent days, prompted by the horrifying abuse committed by Ray Rice against his now-wife. His status as a professional football player, coupled with the fact that the attack was captured on video and has been seen by millions, has helped to shine a bright light on this often-neglected yet serious societal problem. Lesser known but not less tragic was the murder of Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, mother to two young boys, by her estranged husband exactly two years ago today in front of their Baltimore County home.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Three men who were sexually abused by a church youth-ministry leader years ago experienced a measure of justice Wednesday as they confronted their abuser in court, read emotion-charged statements about how his crimes have damaged their lives, and heard a judge sentence him to 16 years in prison. Jediah Tanguay, 33; Benjamin Tanguay, 31; and Roger Robbins, 30, were minors in the 1990s when Raymond Fernandez, then a longtime youth leader at Greater Grace World Outreach Church in East Baltimore, has admitted he molested them.
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